EA Sports has announced that starting today sports fanatics can subscribe to their new “Season Ticket” program. What is Season Ticket you might be asking? Well, this new program is a premium subscription-based service that offers up a number of incentives to “better your gaming experience.” EA Sports Season Ticket is tied in with the company’s five pillar sports franchises — Madden NFL football, NHL hockey, FIFA soccer, Tiger Woods golf and NCAA football.
Season Ticket is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 through their respective online marketplaces and will cost an annual premium of $24.99 (or 2000 MS Points). You’re 25 bones will grant you early access (via digital download) to the five EA Sports titles listed above three days before they launch at retail, discounted DLC, free premium web content and membership recognition (read also: members only jacket for your in-game profile and on easports.com).
Here’s the full breakdown of what Season Ticket offers:
· Early Full-Game Digital Access: Three days before a game’s scheduled release, fans will be able to download and play the full version of all five participating titles on Xbox 360 and PS3™**. The digitally downloaded game will time out when the game is available at retail andconsumers have the option to purchase the same full game on disc at retail. EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers can transfer all achievements earned during the three-day download period to the purchased disc, resulting in an early edge over the competition.
· Discounted Downloadable Content: Subscribers will get a 20-percent discount on all available downloadable content for participating EA SPORTS titles. Downloadable content, which enhances and refreshes the core game experience, includes such items as Ultimate Team packs, accelerator packs and gear upgrades.
· Free Premium Web Content: Premium web content extends the game experience beyond the console to a web browser. All participating titles will feature premium web content that will be free to EA SPORTS Season Ticket members beginning with the premium Creation Center packs for FIFA Soccer 12. These packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Center to build your own teams and tournaments, and will be available to the consumer until the membership to the program has expired.
· Membership Recognition: Subscribers are easily identifiable with an exclusive membership recognition badge displayed both in-game and on their EASPORTS.com profile.
If you’re a die-hard EA Sports fan, I can see the benefit of this service. Thankfully, the Season Ticket isn’t a monthly subscription. $24.99/year isn’t going to break the bank and you will benefit from some sweet early access and discounted DLC (i.e. jerseys and stadiums). Again, if you’re interested, you can hop on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network right now to snag the EA Sports Season Ticket.