Massively reported that Sony Online Entertainment is offering a new subscription option for EverQuest II players.
And I am sure that some of us are thinking, “About freakin’ time!” I was agitating for something new almost four years ago.
Not that SOE hasn’t been a leader in the subscription alternatives field, what with Station Access.
Okay, the subscription options field isn’t so big, so you don’t have to do much to be the leader. Just offer something other than a $15 a month plan with discounts for larger time frames and you’re beating the industry standard.
But here they have stepped up and done something new.
The new plan is called the EQII Passport and the site for it is here.
The essence is that for five dollars a month you can have three consecutive days of play in EverQuest II per month.
Now the first part is easy. I like that part.
Five dollars isn’t so bad if you want to keep your account active to count towards veteran rewards or if you really only play one weekend a month.
It is the second part that trips me up a bit.
The “three days” part sounds fine, it is the consecutive part that puts a damper on my enthusiasm.
I suppose the fact that I started my online gaming career on GEnie where the billed in six second increments (and five dollars would get you just an hour of play) that I start scratching my head and wondering at the “consecutive days” aspect of this offer. Why that limitation? The technology for keeping track of non-consecutive time cannot be that onerous a task to deal with.
Because if the deal was 36 hours of play over a 30-day billing period, I would probably jump right on it. Even three individual, consecutive or not, days would be a serious temptation.
But for EQII these days, I would be more likely to play on a Sunday afternoon and then not want to play again until the following weekend.
The next two consecutive days would then go to waste, effectively leaving me with one day of play per month.
So it does not sound like the subscription plan that will get me back into EverQuest II. But I am sure that, for somebody, this will be the right plan.
Still, as I said, I am glad to see somebody out there trying.
How about you? Would this subscription plan tempt you back to EQII? Would you like to see this sort of plan in another game? EVE Online comes to mind here for me.