EA won’t resurrect Online Pass system following Xbox One policy change

Thursday, 20th June 2013 03:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA won’t bring back the Online Pass system it cancelled before Sony and Microsoft both adopted used game-friendly policies for next-gen consoles.

“[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass. It is dead,” senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg told Polygon in response to Microsoft’s policy reversal today.

“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.”

EA dropped its online pass scheme in late May, which was somewhat unfortunate timing; many cynical commenters assumed the publisher was giving up one used games revenue source for others to be introduced with next-generation consoles.

However, Sony won hearts at E3 by publicly rejecting any kind of first-party used games licensing and although it said publishers could do as they please on a software level, it ultimately expects third-parties to do the same.

Now that Microsoft has joined the used games-friendly bandwagon, EA detractors likely expect the publisher to fire up online passes again immediately – even though it has denied any involvement in Microsoft’s original decision and seemed genuinely caught unawares by it.

This is the second time EA has had to vow that it will not bring back online passes.



  1. Meta_Dragon

    Great, now tell us what you are doing instead that is even worse than online pass.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. machy

    EA, it’s cooking something new something much worst thn the online pass

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Sanwiches

    Wasn’t that the most frustating thing they ever invented, aside from Origin that Ive never used. I’m glad. And shut up guys.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. jron310

    I dunno people, they may just be genuine about this.. I’ll keep one eye open tho.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Khan979

    Good, I was wondering if they would bring it back or not.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Battler624

    the online pass is dead and now everything will be account bound.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    I was never under the belief that the removal of online passes had anything to do withe Xbox One DRM, and I have absolutely no idea how people ever put the two together. Since the PS4 didn’t have any such limitations, and EA would surely have known that fact, it doesn’t really add up.

    It’s pretty bloody clear the Xbox One DRM was entirely Microsoft’s idea. And it backfired, badly.

    Did everyone completely forget that EA had a change of management recently? It’s pretty clear he’s trying to improve things at the company and move them into a far more consumer-listening position.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Sanwiches

    @6 Only with digital downloads.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sanwiches

    I really hope EA becomes a better company with better policies overall. They might recruit better talents for their studios then, making greater games, earning more money, etc.

    They might even stop destroying the studios they buy. There’s hope, we’ll see.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ayman03

    you know why they wont bring it back?because all their games will require
    internet connection anyway because of second screen and the fucking cloud

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    ” because of second screen” What?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Rosseu

    Buy their game, pay for the ending

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DeVitowned

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the big publishers go free-to-play next gen, like Double Helix is doing with Killer Instinct and Naughty Dog did with digital Uncharted 3. Discs still carry the traditional amount of content while digital goes purely a la cart. I say fuck digital, though, as the pay for what you want scheme will end up costing you more in the end as physical discs, especially at places like Amazon, run cheaper much sooner.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    Hmm, I wonder if MS will now mimic Sony with the “it’s up to the publishers” line? If they do, you can sure as fuck guarantee that EA has a contingency in place to monetise our every waking moment!

    #14 2 years ago

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