EA Pondering Subscription-Based Services Instead of Traditional Game Releases

EA Pondering Subscription-Based Services Instead of Traditional Game Releases”

It'll likely be a couple of Madden iterations before we see any true change like this, but if and when we do, EA's handling of it will be watched very carefully.

Many of EA's games follow that schedule, of major releases and downloadable content (DLC) for a single payment. In an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang, EA CEO Andrew Wilson cited their mobile titles as an example of how EA games might transition towards an incremental update system throughout the year with major releases coming at a much less regular rate. It kicked off with EA Access, a subscription service that grants users access to a library of "vault" games, with newer titles added between 6 and 9 months after release.

"The short answer is yes", he told Bloomberg. However, don't expect it to happen any time soon: "There's a few things that have got to happen first", Wilson explained.

EA launches new iterations of its flagship sports titles like Federation Internationale de Football Association or Madden every year but it seems like the company is thinking about moving away from this model.

What do you think of Electronic Arts dropping yearly releases of FIFA, Madden NFL, and Madden NHL and offer Games as service by streaming them through monthly or yearly subscriptions? But when we look at what we do in Korea or China, we don't do it that way.

"There's a world where it gets easier and easier to move that code around - where we may not have to do an annual release", he said.

"So what we see in Korea and China, what we see on mobile, I think there's a world where that might also happen in other parts of our business".

However, we'll be entering a completely new territory if this model includes titles like Dragon Age or Star Wars Battlefront.

The news comes as Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's latest TOTW is revealed by EA Sports.

The TOTW update is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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