Sony All Access pass for Planetside, EverQuest, and more delayed again

The new subscription provides access to many of Sony Online Entertainment's MMOs for one price.

Sony Online Entertainment's All Access membership plan, which grants access to many of the company's MMOs for one price, has once again been delayed, this time until "on or about" April 29.

"We've moved the All Access date to April 29th," states a tweet sent out by SOE president John Smedley. "This is the most complicated change to our billing system ever, so we need to get it 100%."

The latest update to the official All Access FAQ seems less certain of that date, opting to say the membership is planned for launch "on or about April 29th." It was originally scheduled to hit earlier this month, but has now been delayed three times.

As first announced in January, All Access takes the place of individual memberships to SOE's games. For a single $15-per-month subscription, players get the highest tier memberships for all "eligible" SOE games on PC, a list which consists of Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, and upcoming MMOs like EverQuest Next and Everquest Next Landmark, in addition to classic titles EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Dragon's Prophet will also eventually be a part of All Access, but specifics for that game are still being worked out.

In addition to access to the various games, All Access members will receive a monthly allotment of 500 Station Cash (used to purchase various in-game items and bonuses, depending on the game), a 10% discount on marketplace purchases, and the benefits of unspecified promotions that will take place throughout the year. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players will not be able to make use of the All Access pass, save for the 10% marketplace discount.

As is often the case with MMO subscriptions, discounts will be offered to members who opt for long-term plans (with 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans being available). Existing memberships for any of the participating games will be converted into All Access subscriptions once they become available.

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Ultimate_Noob
Ultimate_Noob

But it's 20 a month at the most basic subscription.


Still a damn good deal. Vanguard is shutting down this summer, though.

boogie25
boogie25

that sounds great i think. I know most games can be played without paying as they are F2P, but one price for all the games mentioned for 15$ instead lets say 8x15$ is great if you want to pay. 


Btw didnt they change the name of everquest next landmark to just Landmark, because people confused it with everquest next mmo?? 

sdazzo
sdazzo

Sounds great.  I had no idea they were planning this.  Any news on PS2 for PS4?  It's been all promises and no delivering. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

So does this mean that Planetside will not be free to play on PS4?

vader501st
vader501st

Zynga, Nintendo and Sony seem to be on a race for which one of them sinks faster. Good lord.

Caldrin
Caldrin

Its a great deal.. best they get the billing system 100% working before they let people do this and have it mess up..

Wintermist
Wintermist

That's a pretty damn great deal!!

holtrocks
holtrocks

Thats pretty neat if it's cheap.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I haven't played a SOE game in a long time... didn't they already have an all access pass for all their games?  What's different about this version?

Runeweaver
Runeweaver

Yawn,guess a bad day for gaming news.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Soon Sony is going to hand out IOUs for the "Greatness" that supposedly awaits.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

kind of pointless doing an article about a delay of 5 days, generally nobody would really care about 5 days. hell if sony didnt tell anyone people most likly would have presumed it was the 29th to begin with.

ggregd
ggregd

Release games with bugs, no problem, but GOD FORBID they release something that messes up their billing system.  Priorities, Sony, priorities.

Pikdum
Pikdum

Hopefully they add H1Z1 to this when it comes out.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Wait a minute Planetside 2 is free. Does that mean you need to pay to play a free game?

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

I hate that they had to delay it, but can't blame SOE for trying to make sure things are working as intended.

As an aside, this article is almost two days late. Slow to the draw, or slow news day?

Granatar
Granatar

so they are updating the station pass.  ok

Lostat
Lostat

@spartanx169x  This price is for SOE published games (such as Planetside 2 & DCUO) which people want to play on the PC format only.  It's not about playing on PS4, where DCUO is free-to-play on PS4, and when Planetside 2 is out on PS4 that will be free-to-play on that console as well.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@TrueProphecy22 They did but that was before they moved all the ames to a free to play system so I guess there are a lot of changes that need to be made.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@neowarrior121  If this is the third delay so far, I'm sure people would have taken notice. 
Plus, the fact that they say 'on or about the 29th' makes it seem like they're still unsure if they'll even iron out any issues by that date, so it may even be delayed yet again.

tom2750
tom2750

@xbox_owns_slavestation4  dead rising 3 720p last gen graphics and averages 20fps and regularly goes down to 15 fps thats how weak your piece of shit console is

Caldrin
Caldrin

@ggregd err well I think I would want 100% working billing system over 100% bug free game thanks..

Phooey442
Phooey442

@ggregd  Right because protecting the credentials of their customers shouldn't be a priority. Get a clue man.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@ggregd  Bugs in a game don't potentially accidentally withdraw hundreds of dollars from peoples bank accounts a la Warhammer Online billing bug.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Pikdum  I'm assuming they will. They're supposedly going to be adding Dragon's Dogma, so it would make H1Z1 the only MMO they have (other than PS1, which is kinda doing its own thing) that isn't part of the Station Access pass.

blackace
blackace

@Dannystaples14 It's free, just like DC Online. I download DC Online  (22GB), but haven't set up my account and tried it yet.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@Dannystaples14  Nope, its there as an option to players who want faster cert gains, store exclusives and 500sc a month.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Too-DementeD @neowarrior121  even more reason to not to bother if its been delayed twice, people probably last hope after the second delay a third is just annoy people. if they stayed quiet people would be much happier. knowingly knowing a delay is worse then unforeseeing one and playing ignorance, 

ggregd
ggregd

@greaterdivinity @ggregd  Yeah, well, sure.  I was thinking more along the lines of they wouldn't get their money.  That was the first thing that popped into my mind having experienced SOE's billing system.  It's not what you call user friendly.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@greaterdivinity Dragon's Dogma? I'm pretty sure that game belongs to Capcom and doesn't require any sort of all access pass. Perhaps you mean some other SOE game?

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@neowarrior121  I think it's good that they're at least delaying it because they know it's not ready, and are open about their reason to do so. However, I agree it would have been much better for them to hold off on saying an announce date until they have one set in stone, and not just estimating when they'll have their issues fixed up by. Continuous letdown creates apathy.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@Too-DementeD Fanboys need all the fuel they can find, I mean Titanfall wasn't the saving grace they praised it to be, so anything negative causes them to soil their undies.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Too-DementeD Yeah, that one >.<

Dragon's Dogma has been on my mind lately as I've been searching for a super cheap used copy to check out.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@Dannystaples14 No, all their MMO's except for Planetside 1 are F2P. This is just an optional subscription to gain benefits in all of them.