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Report: EA offering select Online Passes for free on Xbox LIVE [Update]

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[Update]

EA has confirmed that it will be removing all current Online Pass restrictions from its current games, across all platforms, over the next few weeks – full statement below.

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It’s being reported that a selection of EA games have had their Online Pass and original purchase incentives offered on Xbox LIVE for free.

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Usually costing anywhere between 800 and 1200 MS Points, EA seems to have waived the fee necessary to gain access to content and multiplayer features that you would normally have only been able to get if you had bought an original copy of the game, or paid extra with the purchase of a used copy of the game.

Here’s the list of games that have so far had their Online Pass restrictions removed, and additional incentive content made available for free:

- Alice: Madness Returns – American McGee’s Alice

- Bad Company 2 VIP

- Bulletstorm Online Pass

- Dragon Age: Origins – The Stone Prisoner

- Dragon Age 2: The Black Emporium

- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass

- Mass Effect 2: Cerberus Network

- Medal of Honor Online Pass

- SHIFT 2 Unleashed Online Pass

- Skate 3: Skate Share Pack

We learned earlier this month that EA had decided to discontinue the use of an Online Pass system for its future games. The only reason given for the move was cited as it being a response to consumer feedback.

This move might also be to align EA’s approach to the used game market with that of Microsoft and the Xbox One, which is said to make use of a Digital Rights Management system that could see publishers receiving payment for second-hand games. This system is yet to be outright confirmed or denied.

[Update]

EA has confirmed that it will be removing all current Online Pass restrictions from its current games, across all platforms, over the next few weeks – here’s the statement:

“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.”

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Source: NeoGAF

 


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