"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.