They've been talking about it for a while and now it's here.
EA Sports has detailed their Season Ticket pass program , which gives gamers early access to new titles in the publisher's biggest sports franchises. Plus, subscribers can get a 20% discount on downloadable content.
For an annual fee of $25, you can receive all sorts of nifty little benefits for the likes of Madden NFL , NHL , FIFA , Tiger Woods PGA Tour , and NCAA Football . But above all else, early access to each new installment is by far the biggest incentive.
Season Ticket subscribers will be able to download the full version of new titles three days before the game is on store shelves. But there is one caveat- those downloadable versions of the game won't be available after the game drops into retail stores. Hence, if you want to keep playing, you'll have to pick up the retail copy. Thankfully, all save files will transfer over so you won't lose your progress.
EA Sports wanted to stress that this program "is not taking any features or development resources away from the standard retail releases." Head of worldwide development Andrew Wilson added:
"When I think about EA Sports Season Ticket, this is an entirely additive program. It doesn't take away anything that's on the disc; it just gives you access three days earlier. It doesn't cause you to pay or buy premium DLC you don't want; it just gives you a discount if you plan on purchasing it already. The web-based features are completely new and additive to the game experience, and if you don't want to manipulate your console experience while you're away from the console, you can do it all right there."
Finally, you should know the subscription won't auto-renew but of course, EA will tell you when your benefits are about to expire. And they also intend to follow this Season Ticket program through into other EA franchises, so stay tuned for that.