Daybreak is getting into the Lifetime Subscription arena this holiday season as part of their Daybreak Winter Extravaganza.
The Daybreak All Access plan lets you play DC Universe Online, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, and PlanetSide 2 with subscriber benefits. (Sorry, this does nothing for H1Z1 or PlanetSide Arena players.)
The deal is good through December 31, 2018, but is limited to 4,000 subscribers.
If you’re not down with that level of commitment, there is also a yearlong All Access deal for a somewhat underwhelming $199. There are bonus items involved, but Daybreak has previously offered a year for $99, and the normal deal gets you 12 months for $119, so it doesn’t feel like they’re really selling it here. What bonus items are worth $80? [Edit: They offered a full year for $71.99 back in August 2016.]
Of course, those with a suspicious mind might wonder why Daybreak is offering such a deal right now. It seems late in the game, so to speak, to be offering up such a deal on titles that are, to put it bluntly, getting on in age. With the seemingly right so far rumors post from back in May predicting that we might be seeing the last expansions for the Norrath franchise next year to send off EverQuest and EverQuest II for their 20th and 15th anniversaries respectively, you might be buying into some games with limited additional content prospects.
And, since Daybreak is excluding their newest games from the plan, that might give one pause as well.
Still, I doubt Daybreak is going to close down any of the games on the list any time soon, so you will likely get years of play out of a lifetime subscription if you are committed to any of the titles.
Also, as a side note, I see that Daybreak has also included links to the Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online holiday bundles (not the subscription one, which already expired) at the bottom of that announcement as well. I do still wonder what the real relationship is between the Daybreak and SSG. Rumors are that Jason Epstein owns them both somehow, but I can’t quite credit that.
Anyway, a bit of odd and unexpected holiday news out of Daybreak. I am not sure what to think about it. Would you buy in on this? Go take a look yourself.
Addendum: Each of the four games on the All Access plan has their own version of the Winter Extravaganza banner. I went with the EverQuest II version at the top as they were the first group I heard from. But I thought I would include the others as well here at the end of the post.
DCUO went with Mister Freeze, which I guess is on point weather wise… more so that a couple of dragons anyway. It is a “winter” extravaganza after all.
A Santa hat and a bit of holiday color and some decorations get the PlanetSide 2 offer in the spirit.
And then there is EverQuest playing up the scantily clad Firiona Vie, who is also holding a sizable candy cane. I realize that she is the iconic emblem of the franchise for many, but I feel cold just looking at her. Also, I’m not sure how that Santa hat is staying on given the pony tail in the back.