EA appears to be gathering information about a possible PC gaming subscription service. The publisher sent a survey via email to some of its subscribers with questions about what games people would like to see in a subscription service and what monthly price they’d be willing to pay. The survey also mentions involvement from multiple large game publishers, such as Bethesda and Ubisoft.
“Imagine you’re planning to sign up to an all-you-can-play videogame subscription service on your PC,” the beginning of the survey reads (posted on NeoGAF). “The subscription includes a library of games you can play as much as you want. Plus, new games will be added after they’ve been on store shelves for a period of time.”
This Netflix of PC gaming would involve cooperation from several of the industry’s top publishers. The survey lists Activision, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Take-Two Interactive, and EA, which indicates there are plans for this subscription service well underway.
The survey lists several further options, such as whether or not expansion packs will be included, discounts on digital purchases, the inclusion of trials or demos, how often games are added to the library, and what monthly price people would be willing to pay. After that, each page lists a new combination of all of these factors and asks the survey taker to answer whether or not they would be likely to subscribe to such a service.
There are a few interesting things to note here. First, each page asks if the survey taker would subscribe to this service within the next year. That’s an indication that EA may plan to launch this service relatively soon. And second, EA provides a long list of games from the five publishers they’ve mentioned that would be available with the subscription service. That further indicates that EA has been in talks with the other publishers and that they’ve already spent some time planning the specifics of this service.
See screenshots of the full survey here.