Epic Games Store Leak Teases New Subscription Services For The Platform

The nature of the subscription is currently unknown.

Story Highlights

  • As suggested by datamined content, Epic Games Store may get subscription services in the future.
  • One of the subscriptions is expected to be EA Play. The overall service will feature monthly and annual periods.
  • The details of the new service are still unclear. We suggest taking this rumor with a grain of salt.

Epic Games has been working hard to make its gaming storefront stand a chance against the behemoth that is Steam. The biggest innovation it brings is arguably the generous offering of free games to appeal to the masses, but now it might bring a notable change to its strategy. The Reddit user u/PCMachinima on the r/EpicGamesPC subreddit has found that the Epic Games Store could soon get subscription services in the future.

Subscriptions appear to be coming soon
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The user discovered the following tidbits by allegedly datamining the Epic Games Store website. These findings include strings of code that hint towards the possible addition of subscription services. EA Play has been directly hinted to be one of the subscription services in one of the lines in the code. “Play EA’s best games as much as you want,” reads a line.

Timed trials are included as part of various subscriptions. EA Play could let you play 10 hours of a game regardless of whether it’s included in the subscription. The rest of the details reveal that various subscription services on the EGS will offer multiple payment plans. 

Epic Games Store is the biggest competitor to Steam.
Epic Games Store is the biggest competitor to Steam.

Epic Games Store will reportedly feature monthly and annual membership periods, with discounts for specific subscriptions. For example, having an EA Play subscription could grant you an extra 10% off from the roster. Additionally, these subscriptions can be stacked for an unknown number of months and years. “Get access to a vault of games, play exclusive {0} hr trials, and get {1} off on EA digital purchases,” reads another line.

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We will also likely see subscription services by other giants like Ubisoft, but only one was referenced in the shared code. The overall subscription service feature appears to resemble Steam completely. All in all, datamined details hardly ever tend to be proven false. But it is still best to take the datamined code with a grain of salt since Epic Games nor EA has confirmed any of the following rumors. 

Epic Games Store is a viable option for gamers along with Steam, with its collection of exclusives and free games. However, the latter option may have backfired for the store. The EGS CEO recently expressed that it still fails to produce any profits for the company. The addition of subscription services could just turn things around for the gaming hub.

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