Do you know what I love most about the gaming industry? It’s entirely composed of unique ideas. There isn’t a single game or service out there that is a rehash of something that already exists. Yep, not a thing. Electronic Arts is totally onto something with their new Battlefield “Premium” service, which was apparently leaked via the latest European PSN Store update.

It’s the greatest idea ever: you pay an annual fee and they’ll give you free DLC earlier than those cheapskates who don’t subscribe to the service. They’ll also give you access to stat tracking for multiplayer in Battlefield 3. Man, what a fresh idea! It’s absolutely nothing like that other publisher’s stat tracking service for their online shooter.

So yes, Electronic Arts’ long-rumoured answer to Activision’s Call of Duty Elite service has been unintentionally confirmed. The kicker is the pricing: £39.99 (or R530) for the UK; €49.99 (or R530) for the EU; and AU$79.95 (or R665 – huh?) for the koalas down-under.

On average, Premium is R100 more expensive per year than Call of Duty Elite. It’s going to be interesting to see what EA has to say about this service at E3 because, at present, the publisher has yet to comment on the leak.

Source: Games Industry International

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