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EA Sports is set to unveil a program called Season Ticket, a $25 per year membership that is intended to give gamers certain perks for supporting particular EA Sports games.

Here is what the program covers:
  • Early full-game access to EA Sports games before their release - This is the biggest aspect of the program. Starting with Madden, folks will be able to download the full game on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network a full three days before the actual release of the title. You will be able to play any part of the game, and then on launch day the download will then be locked and you will have to go out and buy the actual game at an actual retail outlet. (If you don't download the game three days before release, you still get three days of access to the full game regardless of when you download it.) So Madden still has a release date of August 30, but you will be able to download and play the game on August 27. All of your game saves, Achievements, Trophies and so forth will transfer to the full game if you choose to buy it on launch day.

  • Discounts on all downloadable content associated with EA Sports titles - Anything that is released in the virtual stores on the Xbox 360 and PS3 will be 20 percent off the regular price if you are a Season Ticket member.

  • Free "premium" web content - This portion of the program is more unclear than any other for now. FIFA 12 has a Creation Center aspect that will be free for users to toy with on EA's website if you choose to join the program, but otherwise it's still a bit fuzzy what will be included in this portion of the program.

  • Membership recognition so others know that you are a Season Ticket user - This is essentially a badge of sorts that other gamers will be able to see on the EA Sports website, as well as within EA Sports games.

The program is set to launch when Madden launches -- or technically before it launches. From there on out, five games will be associated with the Season Ticket initiative for now: Madden, NHL, FIFA, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and NCAA Football. This year's recently released versions of Tiger and NCAA will have no association with the program this year.

Lastly, you have a 12-month membership beginning on the day you decide to purchase Season Ticket. There is only a $25 per year membership fee; you can't simply purchase a $5 membership fee and unlock perks to just one EA Sports game.

Stay tuned for more info on Season Ticket as the day progresses.

Member Comments
# 1 grants10 @ 08/02/11 08:13 AM
Idea:

They pay us 25 dollars a year. Let us download the game 1 month in advance. Give them a list of problems/bugs with the game so we don't have another NCAA debacle.
 
# 2 TDKing @ 08/02/11 08:19 AM
LOL... what a scam. Well now you know the real reason Madden was pushed back. I hope people have the balls to resist this money grab. Time to make a stand sports gamers ! WOW... lol...
 
# 3 tical2399 @ 08/02/11 08:22 AM
LOL. I'll pass. Maybe if EA let you pay a smaller fee for one or two games then MAYBE, but even then i'd probably pass. Considering I only care about the two football games they make, there is no reason for me to buy this.
 
# 4 bonannogiovanni @ 08/02/11 08:25 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by grants10
Idea:

They pay us 25 dollars a year. Let us download the game 1 month in advance. Give them a list of problems/bugs with the game so we don't have another NCAA debacle.
LOL, basically you pay to become a beta tester for EA Sports....
 
# 5 AndyP @ 08/02/11 08:37 AM
Wow. You pay 25 bucks for 3 day access which is then locked and you STILL have to purchase the game at full price. Just my opinion but not even close to being worth it. A demo will do me fine.
 
# 6 chi_hawks @ 08/02/11 08:41 AM
This is a complete JOKE.

Kudos to EA for looking for alternate revenue sources, but cmon, this is just dumb. The games on release date are full of bugs and need multiple patches to fix, why in the hell am I going to pay 25 dollars to suffer through 3 extra days of that?

And the "membership recognition" is EA's attempt at creating a bigger and stronger EASports "brand", allowing it to be something that people show off, like the BMW symbol on their car or the North Face logo on their coat.

I know their will be a few EASports worshipers that would be willing to spend 25 bucks for this, but I can't imagine any informed and educated consumer spending 25 bucks for this.
 
# 7 AndyP @ 08/02/11 08:44 AM
Also, wasn't there supposed to be "premium web content" already with the online pass?
 
# 8 drewst18 @ 08/02/11 08:45 AM
haha recognition that your a Season ticket holder... If anything I'd want to hide it so that I don't get laughed at for wasting some money....

I am not a fan of this, but coming off what we just saw with the NCAA release where we had a 200 page thread about getting the game early, people driving 100 miles, paying $80+ for the game.... I find it funny people bashing this when just two weeks ago we had people going insane over the idea of getting it one or two days early.

My issue is if they actually had DLC worth buying this would be a great deal, If the Call of Duty franchise came out with this I would say at least 50% of gamers would get it (Game early and 20% off Map Packs) but because EA Sports DLC is pretty much stat boosters its a stupid deal.
 
# 9 drewst18 @ 08/02/11 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by AndyP
Also, wasn't there supposed to be "premium web content" already with the online pass?
No. The online pass is not suppose to give you anything more than if you bought the game new. It is EA's way to make $ off used game sales. Online pass is completely fair imo. On a strictly company to dollars level, the sale of used games is worse than piracy. Most pirates wouldn't buy the game regardless. Used game sales are people actually spending the money, but just you don't see any of it.
 
# 10 jbd345 @ 08/02/11 08:58 AM
so will we have to buy the full game online then go buy it again? or do we download it for free?
 
# 11 josef @ 08/02/11 08:58 AM
man this is a joke right? i HOPE people can hold off an make this a huge failure. we'll see. some people can't handle other people getting the game before them, so i'm sure they'll succumb to this scam.
 
# 12 ShopMaster @ 08/02/11 08:58 AM
There are people that spend some money playing Madden Ultimate Team and FIFA Ultimate Team. I see this program benefiting them the most. I'm not sure people would pay just to get the game early even though I've seen people pay up to $50 more just to get the game a week early.

I think there are 2 things that this program needs to do:

1. Add Fight Night to the list of titles and have NBA Jam as a full non-expired download for a discounted price.

2. Allow people to purchase and download the game early at a discounted price like $50. This way they save on shipping and packaging and we'll get it early and at a discounted price. That's a win win for both sides.
 
# 13 ShopMaster @ 08/02/11 09:01 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by josef
man this is a joke right? i HOPE people can hold off an make this a huge failure. we'll see. some people can't handle other people getting the game before them, so i'm sure they'll succumb to this scam.
Why is this a scam? It doesn't affect the way you buy games now and those that play all of those games and purchase multiple DLCs, it's totally worth it.

I just don't understand why people get so bent out of shape over something that doesn't affect you. Now if they said you had to purchase this to play online then I'd totally understand but if you didn't read this you wouldn't be affected in any kind of way.
 
# 14 ShopMaster @ 08/02/11 09:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbd345
so will we have to buy the full game online then go buy it again? or do we download it for free?
With the EA SPORTS Season Ticket, you'll download the full game free 3days in advance and then have to go an purchase the game at your retail store after the download expires; which is the morning the game comes out.
 
# 15 AndyP @ 08/02/11 09:04 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by drewst18
No. The online pass is not suppose to give you anything more than if you bought the game new. It is EA's way to make $ off used game sales. Online pass is completely fair imo. On a strictly company to dollars level, the sale of used games is worse than piracy. Most pirates wouldn't buy the game regardless. Used game sales are people actually spending the money, but just you don't see any of it.
I understand that is what it is, but I'm pretty sure back when they first launched it they didn't say "this is to stick a pin in the used game market" - one of the promotional features was definitely some premium online content iirc.
 
# 16 Aleeeeex94 @ 08/02/11 09:05 AM
Will this be available to us in the UK? I really wish I could play NCAA on my PAL Xbox but I am unable to because they don't release a PAL version so would this mean It would be available to me via download and would run on my Xbox?
 
# 17 jbd345 @ 08/02/11 09:11 AM
This really is not that bad of an idea. Im thinking about doing this. The FULL madden game for free im sure many people will jump on that. Plus that will give you a good idea if you want to actually go out and buy the game. $25 a year isn't that bad of a price. Its $25 a year for a full game or $65 basing your purchase on a demo. Just wish it was longer than three days though.
 
# 18 MMurda @ 08/02/11 09:12 AM
WASTE-O-MONEY!!!

3 day access is weak at best. as someone else said, the demo will do just fine. but geez, couldnt even give us a week EA? then who cares about flaunting a badge that shows u wasted money. then the dlc discount...out of all the ea games ive bought, ive never paid for a dlc for a sports game cuz theyre always cheats or boost of some sort. ill pass no doubt, as im sure most others will too
 
# 19 jmurphy31 @ 08/02/11 09:15 AM
Thinking about this...It's really not all that bad..Do I wish it was a little cheaper, sure. Do I wish it was for 5 days earlier or more, absolutely. But $25 wont make me go broke and if I am able to play the game early, why not. I have spent more money before on early additions of games.

Also, it is basically being able to rent 5 games for $5 each. So, now all those people who say they will rent the game first before they buy it--this options is for you.
 
# 20 jyoung @ 08/02/11 09:18 AM
Yeah I don't think I've ever bought DLC for any of EA's sports games.

So this is basically just an expensive 3-day rental.

If you like to rent sports games before you buy them, I guess this is a good deal. For everyone else, I don't see much value to it.
 

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