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The dwindling number of subscription-based massively multiplayer games is evidence that gamers won’t pay a monthly fee for one game. Sony Online Entertainment is expecting that you might, however, pay a monthly fee for seven games.
While SOE is shutting down four of its current MMOs, the company is also shifting to a new subscription model. The publisher detailed its new All Access plan that gives players full subscriptions to seven games for $15. All current subscribers will automatically get enrolled in the All Access plan when it launches in April.
As part of the part of the all-encompassing plan, SOE will include access to EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, EverQuest Next, and EverQuest Next Landmark. Both of the EverQuest Next games are still to come.
“We value you as a player and want you to know we are listening so please continue to share feedback,” SOE community manager Colette Murphy wrote on the company’s forums. “We hope the new All Access membership plan will allow you to further your enjoyment of your favorite SOE game, and discover exciting, new experiences across our current and upcoming portfolio of online games.”
Murphy says the company is targeting an April 2 launch for All Access, but she clarifies that the date isn’t locked down.
To help answer questions about the change, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley will hold an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit today at 3 p.m. Pacific.