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Don't Worry, EA Aren't Resurrecting The Online Pass In The Wake Of Microsoft's U-Turn

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Matt Gardner
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DRM, EA, Online Pass, Xbox One

Don't Worry, EA Aren't Resurrecting The Online Pass In The Wake Of Microsoft's U-Turn

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.

 

Add a comment5 comments
DesG  Jun. 20, 2013 at 12:35

Blimey, listening to player feedback, next thing you know they will be making their PC titles available on steam again!

Tsung  Jun. 20, 2013 at 13:03

Did you not notice they have already? Ok they are all trash games which apparently were given away free on cereal packets in the 1990's. (Battleships, Game of Life and Risk).

DesG  Jun. 20, 2013 at 13:31

Did you not notice they have already? Ok they are all trash games which apparently were given away free on cereal packets in the 1990's. (Battleships, Game of Life and Risk).


I should have qualified my statement to exclude that rubbish :)

Breadster  Jun. 20, 2013 at 17:47

This is actually one of the first things I thought of when I heard the Microsoft announcement. At the very least I expect to see less of the timed exclusive dlc that they've been throwing at the XBone.

Tsung  Jun. 21, 2013 at 09:27

No need to do online passes, it will be done with unique DLC.
For example, when you buy battlefield 4 it will come with a unique DLC for more guns or better xp gain for "FREE". If you sell it on, thats fine, but the new owner wont have this DLC and then have to decide if they want to be disadvantaged or pony up for the DLC.

Still it's the right way to do it, and makes paying for it optional.

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