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Battlefield 3 Will "Probably" Require Online Pass

Felix Kemp
Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 Will "Probably" Require Online Pass

Jon had a go at the online pass fiasco last week, which shows no signs of disappearing as of yet. It's a disheartening trend, and it appears EA isn't ready to surrender its Battlefield fanbase from the system either, as it appears the publisher is mulling an online pass inclusion for its hotly anticipated first-person shooter's multiplayer arena.

DICE broke the news to GamerZines, confirming that Battlefield 3 will "probably" include EA's online pass initiative. A number of high-profile EA titles, especially those with a popular online component, support the online pass, but DICE is reluctant to confirm their version will be anything like what you see in Fifa or Madden. "I don't think it's an online pass, I think it's our own backend," Patrick Bach said. "I'm not sure I want to call our system an online pass."

"The whole idea is that we're paying for servers," Bach went on to explain. Battlefield 3 will be duking it out with Activision rival Modern Warfare 3 for the FPS crown this Winter, with the inclusion of a paid-for online pass sure to incite much debate between what title fans should plump for. "If you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend. We would rather have you buy a new game than a used game because buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don't get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you."

"Hopefully people understand why," Bach said. "It's not to punish people. To us it's compensation." The online pass is here to stay, it seems, until publishers and retailers can come to some sort of mutually beneficial agreement over how to handle the pre-owned market. As it stands, publishers see no revenue when their game is traded in and duly sold by a retailer, and until that changes, we'll continue to see a rise in titles employing a one time only, paid-for online pass. [GamerZines]

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rtmlk  Aug. 1, 2011 at 18:05

I have just had the BF3 Alpha tester game and the FPS is going to be the best online FPS, even though it was only the one map 'Metro' you can see how far they are in front of c.o.d.

DrTrouserPlank  Aug. 1, 2011 at 18:37

Change "probably" for "definitely" and there's the truth.

It says a lot for the faith they have in their game that leads them to believe that so many people will be trading it in that the "lost revenue" is worth pursuing.

lukeoneill  Aug. 1, 2011 at 20:06

"...buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don't get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you."

This argument makes no sense. Yes they have to create server space but they would have to create that space for the person who traded it in. It's not like every time the game passes hands they have to make a new space! Also agree with the above comment.

ODB_69  Aug. 1, 2011 at 20:46

So....same as BF:BC 2 then

Hardly a surprise

theslickmeister  Aug. 2, 2011 at 08:26

The issue I have with the online pass is that it's a fixed price and doesn't take into account whatever DLC you got bundled in with your pre-order, for example: GAME includes the Physical warfare pack and the classic maps, I don't want to pay for them again, but if I did, I'd want to gift them to someone else as I essentially have two copies then!
The same happened with LA Noire...


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