Since the inception of next-gen gaming consoles, Sony has realized two things. First, securing customer data is important. And second, not charging for your online services would most likely put you out of business. Sony has also learned that individual monthly subscriptions for online games are dwindling, and customers are not willing to pay for just one game. This week, the company responded by introducing the Sony Online Entertainment All Access Plan, in an effort to gain back subscriptions and keep gamers within the Sony worlds to discover new games.
In the beginning of April, the All Access Plan will cost you one rate of $14.99 per month, which will give you a couple of cool features. Customers can claim in-game currency from marketplaces, get discounts and have exclusive promotions offered to subscribers only. The really great thing with this plan is that for the one monthly price, Sony will let you play all eligible SOE games. Those seven games are EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark.
Community Relations manager, Dexella, said in a post on Sony's forums,
We value you as a player and want you to know we are listening so please continue to share feedback. 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.
Once they rollout these new plans, anyone on an existing membership will automatically be upgraded to the new All Access Plan. And while it is a little disheartening to see four other Sony MMOs being shut down, it is nice to see that gamers can be exposed to a collection of popular titles for a low monthly cost. If you're interested in the plan or have questions, you can check out the in-depth FAQ from Sony.
Are you an existing subscriber with Sony? Will you sign up now that all the games are lumped together? Let us know in the comments section below.