EA have begun removing the "Online Pass" requirement from previously released games, IGN are reporting. The move follows a recent announcement from the company that it is dropping Online Passes from all of its future releases.
Online reaction to the removal of the Online Pass scheme from future games was initially positive, however since the Xbox One was revealed, many observers have been suggesting that the move was less about relaxing their grip on second hand sales revenue and more because - thanks to the Xbox One's apparent used games DRM - it's no longer required.
News that older games will also no longer need Online Passes casts new light on the change; a perspective that's further enforced by a statement made by EA accompanying today's news.
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. 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 games affected by this news (across both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360):
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