EA plans subscription model for Tiger Woods

WSJ report suggests new download-only and subscription model for golf series

EA is planning to introduce a subscription model for a new Tiger Woods PGA Tour console title, according to a report via the Wall Street Journal.

Although no official announcement has yet been made, EA is reported to be planning to sell a new title in the series as an online download for consoles. Previously the company has experimented with full game downloads on consoles with Burnout Paradise.

However, instead of charging a one-off fee the game will charge a subscription for continued use and updates. It is implied that the standard retail Tiger Woods series will continue, with the new title appearing to be online only.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, EA CEO John Riccitiello commented: "The console business at best appeals to 100 million people. We want to make games a place to go, rather than a thing to buy."

EA has previous hinted at a two-track plan for its Need for Speed series, with new retail products planned this year but also free-to-play online game Need for Speed World for Asian markets. A fourth, yet to be unveiled title, is also planned for the series by EA Black Box.

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