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EA discontinuing Online Pass starting today

Thursday, 30th May 2013 16:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA has made some of its Online Pass offerings free though Xbox Live today, a move the firm said will be rolled out across all of its existing franchises.

The move is part of the process of eliminating Online Pass in games currently on the market. EA announced earlier this month that future titles wouldn’t include the much maligned monetization scheme.

“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well,” a spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.

“Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online.

“These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”

The firm has posted a blog feature explaining all of this in detail through here.

Originally noticed by NeoGAF, the following titles no longer had prices attached to them:

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2′s VIP Pass
  • Skate 3′s Skate Share Pack
  • Bulletstorm Online Pass
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass
  • Medal of Honor Online Pass
  • Shift 2 Unleashed Online Pass

All the above were originally 800 MS Points.

Dragon Age: Origins’ The Stone Prisoner and Mass Effect 2′s Cerberus Network Pass which were 1200 Points at one time are now free.

Dragon Age 2′s Black Emporium DLC and American McGee’s Alice which came with Alice: Madness Returns is now free. You will still need to own the later in order to play it.

Online Passes for Tiger Woods 14 and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will still run you 800 MS Points.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  1. ps3fanboy

    “The publisher pledged to end its controversial Online Pass programme earlier this month after “listening to feedback”, and said none of its new games would include the feature.”

    Well they don’t bloody need to anymore with second-hand restrictions built in from the outset on a hardware level, do they.

    What happen next… EA: “Yep we’re cutting the price of our online passes & DLC, but we’ll be turning off the servers as well in a few days due to no customer demand”.

    Got to laugh at how they’re trying to spin it as if they’re doing us a favour though.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. OnionPowder

    Wow impressive EA. What a fitting end to online passes.

    EDIT: @1 They said they were no longer pursuing online passes. They never claimed they were going to make the previous ones available for free. This is actually an awesome move by them and you’re shitting on them still. They’re even giving the original Alice game for free to owners of the new one.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    @2 Never ever trust this shit company…. nothing is awesome with EA.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Talkar

    Great news, never was a fan of online passes in the first place :P

    @2
    People aren’t able to see that EA is a company, and companies mission is to make money. Valve, Activision etc are no better or worse, but it is just popular to hate on EA right now, no matter what they do :/

    #4 11 months ago
  5. tezzer1985

    Add Dead Space 3, I just started playing a pre owned copy today, and the online pass was free

    #5 11 months ago
  6. OnionPowder

    Hey PS3Fanboy, go buy a used copy of Twisted Metal and try to play it online.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Dendroball

    @3 I wouldn’t put too much trust into your words given your track record of inflammatory comments on different articles just saying … And I like how you ninja edited your comment when you noticed you were wrong in the first place ;)

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Edo

    I have a bad feeling about this.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @4: Erm, of course Valve is better than EA. One gave us Steam, the other Origin.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Sublimeone

    ^^ & your point is……?

    #10 11 months ago
  11. zinc

    @4, “A companies mission is to make money…” Yes, but thats no excuse for them using shitty methods is it?

    Thats like giving Bashar al-Assad a free pass, as he’s only trying to stay in power.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. DSB

    @2 Of course it’s nothing to be discouraged, but praising EA for solving a problem they created themselves is a bit much.

    If it’s the start of a new age where EA gets serious about making games instead of constantly making a grab for your wallet, then great, but I think most of us will believe it when we see it.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Hvitdverg

    They are removing the onlinepass, because they know next-gen will bring a one time activation code that will do the same work.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. Talkar

    @11
    A company and a mass murderer are two very different things. The fact that i have to spell that out worries me a bit…

    #14 11 months ago
  15. evilreverend

    @13
    exactly. this way, EA can look like they listened to their fans and are the good guys when in reality they know there are other fees on their way. why do you think they announced they were doing away with Online Passes a few days before the Microsoft Xbox unveil?

    #15 11 months ago
  16. Bomba Luigi

    I’m suspecting something Bad. With no good Reason at all.

    Really says a lot when I doing that because of a positiv News. But thats something between Me and EA.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Gekidami

    Eliminating Online Passes in games currently on the market? Well damn, thats awesome, but at the same time i feel bad for anyone who actually bought a second hand EA game and paid extra for the pass. Wasted money now.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. mistermogul

    I agree this feels like something bad is about to happen…

    #18 11 months ago