Expired Online Pass codes found in new copies of EA games

Saturday, 3rd December 2011 17:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A NeoGAF user has discovered that the EA Online Pass voucher in his brand new copy of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has expired, thus locking him out of the game’s multiplayer modes.

It seems other users on the forum have experienced the same issue and called attention to the fine print located on the voucher, which states that they can, indeed, expire.

Shack did a bit of digging, and noted that EA forum users have been complaining about the situation since October, and tested the claim themselves with new copies Hot Pursuit, Medal of Honor, and MMA – none of which worked.

A Sony spokesperson, when asked, told the site that: “The system doesn’t flush out older codes…any code with an expiration date is defined by the publisher,” which means platform holder will honor publisher codes and the parameters set by said publishers.

Shack also read through EA’s ToS agreement, finding that the firm can “retire online features” after 30 days if it sees fit.In other words, if you can’t afford to buy a game right off, it’s your own fault for not being loaded to the gills with green.

EA has commented to Joystiq on the matter, stating that if the pass included in the new game is expired, users can download a new pass or attain one from EA directly. Granted, it’s an annoying extra step legitimate buyers shouldn’t have to take, but at least it is better than no multiplayer at all.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    As complete horseshit as this is I don’t understand why this is new O_o

    ALL DLC voucher codes have expiry dates on them. In fact I think I remember the DLC for DA1 expired about april after launch =s

    The issue here is more that EA has very strict expiry dates opposed to everyone else (i.e. a year compared to about 10 years for others).

    #1 3 years ago
  2. pukem0n

    so, if they have expiration dates, how are they supposed to fight piracy is beyond me…stupid publisher is stupid

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 I think it’s because Online Passes are the trend du jour. And I agree, it’s bullshit.

    New is new and that is that. Not everyone can afford to buy every game they want at once and all this does is punish legitimate gamers further, and they shouldn’t have to jump through extra hoops in order get a new code.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Talkar

    Let me start off saying that i think the online pass is a shitty idea.
    That being said, i can understand there being en expiration date on them, however that date should be 10 years after release, or later IMO.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. JimFear-666

    Well… Stupid EA idea to give an expiration date at an online pass.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. IL DUCE

    @5 Pretty much all games that come with online pass codes have expiration dates, as do DLC codes…whether the game is by EA or not…so get your facts straight buddy

    #6 3 years ago

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