Phase Two of EA's Plan To Eliminate Online Passes Now Underway

Phase Two of EA's Plan To Eliminate Online Passes Now Underway

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):

  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Bulletstorm
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Medal of Honor
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed: The Run
  • Need For Speed: Shift 2
  • Skate 3
  • The Sims 3

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Comments Comments (8)

 
LoftyDog
Posted by LoftyDog
On Friday 31 May 2013 10:02 AM
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good to know - no need for speed most wanted? wierd or are these the title first effected?
 
 
 
nimrod76
Posted by nimrod76
On Friday 31 May 2013 10:54 AM
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31 May 2013, 10:02 AM Reply to LoftyDog
good to know - no need for speed most wanted? wierd or are these the title first effected?
I get the impression this is just the first lot to be changed.
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Friday 31 May 2013 11:38 AM
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While its good to see this it makes you wonder how much of a cut the publisher will get from the pre-owned games if they are doing away with the passes. This is $10 each game, I think pre-owned games will be too expensive next gen.
 
 
 
ssjroneel
Posted by ssjroneel
On Friday 31 May 2013 12:24 PM
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EA does...good?

But in all seriousness, it's a good move for them. They've been getting alot of bad PR over the last few years. Look's like they're attempting to fix that.
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Friday 31 May 2013 1:58 PM
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I think they're giving the appearance that they're wanting to do good. Really though they have things stitched up next gen with aggressive 'phone home' DRM at the system level so no need for online passes going forward. And how long until these games have their servers turned off and online play no longer works anyway? With this gen coming to a close probably 1 year at best with few exceptions.

Now IF EA came out and said "EA are not bringing any games to Xbox One until they remove their system level DRM as this is effectively an online pass on steroids and we're against having online passes having removed them on all our games!" then I'd applaud them! #neverhappeninamillionyearslikenevereveeeeeer
 
 
 
kiwimike87
Posted by kiwimike87
On Friday 31 May 2013 2:19 PM
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about time! DLC is one thing but just to play online ontop of xbox membership is harsh
 
 
 
Tzeit
Posted by Tzeit
On Friday 31 May 2013 8:40 PM
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EA are just removing the passes as their pals Microsoft have done it for them. Make no mistake they're as crook as ever.
 
 
 
grieving
Posted by grieving
On Monday 3 Jun 2013 5:10 PM
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31 May 2013, 02:19 PM Reply to kiwimike87
about time! DLC is one thing but just to play online ontop of xbox membership is harsh
They will only listen to your wallet.