Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley took to Reddit today to ease the fears and doubts that players have been airing since the changes to subscriptions were announced.
For those who missed the announcement, SOE is set to remove Station Cash as a subscriber benefit in EverQuest II and PlanetSide 2, replacing it with a free item worth an equivalent amount each month. Each month, players will be offered a choice of one out of several items worth up to 2000 Station Cash. This change is set to go into effect on February 3.
Smedley offered up a few reasons for this change in a Reddit post, stating that SOE wants to give players the opportunity to get some of the larger items from the marketplace. It also helps with internal issues caused by players accruing free Station Cash and never spending it. However, the most important reason is that SOE is considering moving to a single subscription model for all of its games on PC. Players will pay a single $14.99 a month subscription to access all of SOE’s titles.
“We are considering (and are likely going to move forward with) a plan that means if you subscribe to one of our games you are a subscriber to all our games (this applies to PC titles only, by the way) all for the current $14.99 a month,” Smedley wrote. “That’s a benefit most companies simply can’t offer because they don’t have our portfolio of games. The goal would be to let you pick an item in each game you play.”
This new subscription model will also include access to EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark when they release later this year.