Hilariously, one of the first things that happened last night after Microsoft announced that they were abandoning their rather restrictive approach to game sharing and online requirements was that EA found themselves inunndated with questions as to whether or not this would affect their own abandonment of the Online Pass.
Thankfully, the Online Pass appears to still be deceased. We poked it with a stick to check.
“[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass. It is dead,” senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg told Polygon.
“As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well. Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change.”
Breathe easy, dear friends.