President John Smedley took to Reddit today
to address the "fear, uncertainty, and doubt" that's been swirling about regarding the subscription changes
made to its games, most notably PlanetSide 2
and EverQuest II
. While he lists several reasons why the studio is doing this, the main reason is a big change in the works: SOE is considering implementing a one-subscription-covers-all plan moving forward.
"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."
He implied that this plan will also cover EverQuest Next Landmark
and EverQuest Next
. Other reasons for the subscription change include helping players buy larger items on the marketplace, internal issues regarding people stockpiling Station Cash, and disparity between computer and console promotions.
For a more in-depth look at the subscription plan changes, read our recent Norrathian Notebook column