“Why doesn’t someone just make Netflix for games?” I asked in the office the other day, balking at the prospect of paying £30 for an entertainment product literally hundreds of talented people spent years making that would provide me tens of hours of enjoyment. “Someone probably already is,” came the withering reply from outside my cage. That someone, a recent survey indicates, might be mega-publisher EA.
The survey, distributed to PC gamers by Chadwick Martin Bailey on behalf of EA, focuses on the idea of an “All You Can Play Video Game Subscription On PC,” and includes a list of games from big (non-platform holder) triple-A publishers: EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Take-Two, and Bethesda. They’re big games, too. Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Evil Within, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Civilization 5 are all name-checked.
Among the topics covered by the survey are multiple potential price points, for example $8.99/month and $14.99/month. The former includes titles from more publishers, but not until 3 months after their initial release, whereas the latter includes games from just EA and Take-Two (including GTA V), available immediately at launch. There are also pricing models for libraries with other publishers, exclusivity periods, etc.
There are also questions regarding the inclusion of indie titles, expansion packs, and discounts on digital editions.
We’ve reached out to EA for further comment, and will update you when we hear more from them.