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05-15-2013, 04:39 PM #1
EA Getting Rid of Online Passes
Online Passes – the controversial attempt by many publishers to encourage new game sales by locking online-centric content for used copies – has become engrained in gaming culture over the last several years. But according to a report on VentureBeat, one major company is doing away with them.
Electronic Arts – the mega-publisher behind a litany of games including Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, Dead Space, Mass Effect and more – will be “discontinuing” its Online Pass initiative. In a statement provided to VentureBeat, EA’s John Reseburg said that “none of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
Reseburg admitted that Online Passes just don’t seem to be working. “Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format. We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
Many major publishers – including Sony and Ubisoft – continue to use Online Passes, though interestingly, Microsoft never seemed to go down that road. Will EA’s abolishment of this system coerce other publishers to follow suit?
05-15-2013, 04:43 PM #2
Hasn't it been like that for a while now?
05-15-2013, 04:43 PM #3
About time EA listened to its customers.
05-15-2013, 04:43 PM #4
This is what Martin Luther King Jr. Was talking about when he said "Free at last, we are free at last"
05-15-2013, 04:51 PM #5
...And replace it with their new 'internet-connection-required-to-play' DRM, as seen on SimCity (which everyone absolutely loved). EA continues to be a ground-breaking innovator for costumer satisfaction!
Hopefully that ^ won't be the case, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. Good move thus far.
05-15-2013, 05:04 PM #6
So I don't need to pay an extra 10 when I buy FIFA used. EA is moving forward.
05-15-2013, 05:12 PM #7
I'm really hoping Ubisoft gets rid of online passes.
05-15-2013, 09:33 PM #8
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To be honest, Online Passes existed for one thing. USED GAME SALES.
Thousands of people enjoy the publisher's game without getting a single cent and the greedy retailers whoremong the cash.
Last edited by Baktiar; 05-15-2013 at 09:43 PM.
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