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You can now play Battlefield V... assuming you didn't buy it

By mongeese · 30 replies
Nov 10, 2018
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  1. While having an early access system isn’t necessarily a bad thing, EA’s decision to keep the players that spent the most money on the game waiting is kind of cruel. They didn’t help things by massively overcomplicating the release schedule either.

    If you’re on PC, purchasing EA Origin Access Premier ($19.99/month or $129.99/year) gets you the full game right now with all the add-ons and extras available. Being subscribed to EA Origin Access Basic ($6.99/month or $39.99/year) also means you get to play it, but it’s only a ten-hour trial. Should you then purchase the game, you get to keep your progress and get a 10% discount.

    It’s pretty much the same deal on Xbox, except that there’s no Premier subscription model and the Basic model is renamed EA Access Play First Trial. There aren’t any subscription model options for the PlayStation, so you’ll have to buy the game outright and wait.

    On all platforms, purchasing the Deluxe Edition for $79.99 will grant you access on the 15th and getting the Standard Edition for $59.99 means you can play on the 20th.

    If you’re one of the many players who paid the full price of the game and are unhappy about having to wait, you can get a free trial of either of the subscription models and play the game today.

    It’s good to have the option of a subscription model – but forcing it down players’ throats by favoring the players who subscribe is simply anti-consumer. Hopefully, this won’t become a long-term strategy of EA’s, but there’s a good chance it will be considering that it must be substantially more profitable to risk the backlash.

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  2. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +1,432

    They stopped caring a long time ago. EAs customers are like people in an abusive relationship, no matter what EA does to you you still want to be together.
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,187   +1,375

    Their logo should be Scrooge McDuck jumping into a pile of money wearing an EA shirt.
  4. emmzo

    emmzo TS Addict Posts: 180   +75

    So, after the complete PR debacle and numerous hints that this is going to be trash, you still decided to buy the politically correct WWII game and now you have to wait? Oh, no, my heart goes out to you...
    Theinsanegamer and psycros like this.
  5. Brahman05

    Brahman05 TS Member Posts: 21   +13

    I will never understand subscription models for games. I like owning my products. End user rights, just in case I want to mod. What if origin releases not one single game im interested in in a 1 year period. I just spent 130 to play games that I wont have access to if I decided to end said subscription. Potentially cheaper than buying each individual game, but I can load my cdrom of morrowind anytime I want, even if I re-bought it on steam for the convenience. Just sayin....
  6. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 138   +56

    I'd take out an EA subscription except that the only games I buy from EA are the Battlefield ones. An EA subscription is not worthwhile for me.

    I bought Battlefield V Deluxe and am not too miffed that others can play it before me. It's just a 7 day wait which is better than a 13 day wait. Also , where I live, Nov 15th is just before a regional holiday which is almost perfect timing.
  7. TheSavagKrowman

    TheSavagKrowman TS Rookie

    They have had the 10 hour free trial for years now. This is nothing new at all. Just because origin access has come out your making a bigger deal out of it than it really is. The whole point of having access is to try the game and see if you wanna cancel your preorder or buy it. So quit trying to create drama
    Wytefang likes this.
  8. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 217   +155

    Origin access is great for newcomers but it stinks for avid gamers. For me to even think about Origin access I would need at least four to six games on Origin that I have not played already. Nope. BFV is the only one I haven't played and there’s nothing on the horizon at all. There is ZERO value in Origin access for me.
    MaXtor and hahahanoobs like this.
  9. Josephi

    Josephi TS Rookie

    The thing is if you bought it on the console you CAN'T get a refund for what you payed for.
    axiomatic13 likes this.
  10. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 375   +153

    Pay to play with bugs.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
  11. mighty21

    mighty21 TS Rookie

    Where do I ask for the free trial?
  12. m3tavision

    m3tavision TS Maniac Posts: 238   +167

    Who is going to pay extra for that slop.

    DICE isn't what it once was... they have allowed themselves to be taken over by EA's greed and ruined one of the best Franchises of all time. RIP DICE.
  13. Eldritch

    Eldritch TS Addict Posts: 123   +115

    Came here to say exactly that. Kind of scary how we all acknowledge that EA is abusive towards its customers and that abuse has now became the norm.
    Theinsanegamer and Nobina like this.
  14. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 158   +48

    If not for ME3 I would delete my O/EA account ages ago.

    I never cared even remotely about Battelfield series, but it is simply criminal what they doing with BFV release. Are you sure you couldn't sue them in the USA for this kind of discriminating?
  15. Milkyjoe

    Milkyjoe TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +16

    With a Subscription model, you are buying it and possibly paying more since they hope you like it or forget you're paying it and that is why they get access earlier because the subscription model is more important can be more lucrative than buying the game outright.
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,488   +1,288

    They're not trying to force you into a subscription model to save you money, that's for sure. You will end up paying more, that's almost a definite. This is EA we're talking about.
  17. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +1,211

    ^ Precisely. If it saved consumers more money (and thus cost EA more money), they'd have scrapped it already...
    Burty117 likes this.
  18. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,488   +1,288

    Only correction I have is, its not costing EA any more money, they just get more money. I'd have thought that actually, a subscription model only, would be cheaper for them, no physical copies, no games on other stores like Steam or GoG or Amazon. Just Origin and downloads. So they'd now get 100% of the revenue and no longer need to produce physical copies.
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +306

    Anyone surprised by this is simply someone who didn't know Origin Access until this point. EA promises early access to games, so naturally buyers who aren't subscribers will play later.

    A subscription saves money if you're a heavy customer of what it includes. You pay more if you're not originally a heavy customer, but you tend to consume more, so you do get your money's worth. I'd bet that for most serious EA fans these subs save money.
  20. paul s2

    paul s2 TS Member Posts: 20

    This just sounds to me like monthly micro-transactions
    EA = give me your money and we dont care what you think after.
    m3tavision likes this.
  21. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,311   +3,715

    As with most companies that don the "corporate helmet", EA has lost it's way as far as consumers are concerned. Problem being now they think quarter to quarter rather than decade to decade so many stupid mistakes will continue to be made in order to keep those quarterly reports looking good until one day they will realize impressing the corporate Gods won't keep them in the game any longer .......
  22. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,488   +1,288

    I highly doubt that, EA, the company that's famous for gouging the consumer for all they're worth (£60 standard edition that has £20 of DLC on day one then proceeds to fill their game with micro-transactions) suddenly decided to save people money. I can guarantee you they'll raise prices or keep the micro-transactions in the game or make you pay a "discounted" price for DLC. Yet the moment you stop paying the subscription you'll lose access to all your games.

    Just a reminder, this is EA...
    Theinsanegamer and BSim500 like this.
  23. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +306

    Of course not. But you simply don't understand the idea behind it. The idea of a subscription is to make a casual user into a regular user. Subscriptions always save money if you're already a regular user. If you're semi-regular, they're often borderline, but once you get them you become a regular, because you now have access to a lot more for your money. (If you're a true casual, you usually don't sub unless it's very cheap.)

    The point is, what EA gains is regular users of its ecosystem. These people will play more EA games at the expense of other games, because they're already invested in it, and because they get access to them.
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,290   +4,948

    I can understand making people wait before they can purchase. But for anyone that has already spent money on the game, they should have access just as soon as anyone else.
  25. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,529   +1,739

    subscriptions ABSOLUTELY DO NOT "always save you money". Case and point battlefield V. How does paying $130 a year save you money over buying a $60 game exactly?

    Companies love to push subscriptions because a lower monthly cost (that adds up to WAY more over the long run) is easier to get people to swallow and promote. Car loans do the exact same thing, pay day lenders do the exact same thing. Micro transaction games make WAY more money despite somehow being "cheaper" then full price games.

    Companies do not go out to save you money. They would go out of business if they did that. Companies, especially media companies like EA, are always looking on how to make more money in the long run, and subscriptions are a fantastic way of doing that.
    Capaill and Burty117 like this.

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