EA recently pledged to kill off the online pass (for whatever reason), and it seems that their promise might also be retroactive. NeoGAF users have spotted that several online passes for older games have become entirely free of charge, along with locked singleplayer content, allowing you to pick up a used copy without chipping in any extra.
Interesting stuff. More below.
As reported on NeoGAF, the following online passes and DLC are now dropped to entirely free of charge (I've successfully tested Dragon Age II: The Black Emporium):
- Alice: Madness Returns - American McGee's Alice (was 800msp)
- Bad Company 2 VIP (was 800msp)
- Bulletstorm Online Pass (was 800msp)
- Dragon Age: Origins - The Stone Prisoner (was 1200msp)
- Dragon Age 2: The Black Emporium (was 800msp)
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass (was 800msp)
- Mass Effect 2: Cerberus Network (was 1200msp)
- Medal of Honor Online Pass (was 800msp)
- SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED™ ONLINE PASS (was 800msp)
- Skate 3: Skate Share Pack (was 800msp)
More recent games, such as Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, still command an 800-1200 MSP price for their online passes, but this could well be a step in the right direction. We'll update when we hear more.