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EA Officially Removing Online Passes From Existing Games

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Jonathan Lester
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EA Officially Removing Online Passes From Existing Games

"The Process Will Take Several Weeks"

Yesterday we brought you the news that online passes for older EA games were mysteriously becoming free to purchase, a move that EA have just confirmed as the first step towards completely removing the aggravating anti used game incentive.

"We listened to the feedback from players, and decided to do away with Online Pass," reads a new FAQ on the subject. "We hope that eliminating Online Pass will allow more people to play and enjoy EA games for a long time to come."

The firm reiterates that no future games will include online passes, and that they're "in the process of eliminating Online Pass requirements from existing EA games." This could take a matter of weeks, but it's a nice gesture nonetheless.

Naturally, EA's motives for removing online passes are perhaps less than altruistic following the introduction of microtransactions to titles like Dead Space 3, and the rumoured system-wide regulation of pre-owned games on next-gen consoles. We also wonder how long they'll keep current-gen servers open once the PS4 and Xbox One hit shelves. But hey, we're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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RiKx  May. 31, 2013 at 11:25

"We listened to the feedback from players, and decided to do away with Online Pass," reads a new FAQ on the subject. "We hope that eliminating Online Pass will allow more people to play and enjoy EA games for a long time to come."

The firm reiterates that no future games will include online passes, and that they're "in the process of eliminating Online Pass requirements from existing EA games." This could take a matter of weeks, but it's a nice gesture nonetheless.


Given that the next gen is coming, isn't backwards compatible, the servers will be shut soon if not already, we're in bed with M$ so we know that they are going to screw you over regarding pre-owned anyway we thought we make a big deal out of an empty gesture. Your welcome...Geez you just can't please some people... ;)

Korma  May. 31, 2013 at 16:20

The feedback from players coming in the form of millions and millions of £ in microtransactions.

Finally making Mirror's Edge 2 and dumping the old online passes while they have no CEO seems like a rare moment of clarity, where an addict tries to flush their stash down the toilet. In the end we know they'll be sticking their head down there soon enough to try and lick any last remnants. But let them have this moment. Cue Lou Reed...

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