A DICE staffer has revealed that Battlefield 3 will indeed use an Online Pass system.
Responding to a fan question on Twitter, gameplay designer Alan Kertz confirmed that only copies of the game purchased new will include full access to its multiplayer.
“You can also purchase an online pass for a used copy,” he said.
Asked why users have to pay to play a second hand game, Kertz responded:
“Because servers cost money, and used games don’t make developers any money.”
The move is not unexpected as executive producer Patrick Bach had dropped strong hints – and because EA has implemented Online pass systems in most recent high profile releases.
EA has expressed its delight in the system’s modest returns, which it describes as “found revenue”.
Battlefield 3 releases on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of the month.
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