EA Killing Online Passes For Already Released Games Too
A while back, before all this talk of next-gen consoles incorporating a DRM system for used games, EA announced that all their future games would realise without Online Passes. It looked like EA had really taking gamers concerns into consideration, after it was revealed that they were simply doing away with the system because it may no longer be required. But that doesn’t really work as an explanation for what they’ve recently announced.
Not only will online passes be a thing of the past for future EA titles, but currently released games are also having their passes revoked. EA has announced that, starting with sports titles, they will be phasing out the system entirely, removing them from most games or simply making the passes free online. Apparently gamers can look forward to this happening in the coming weeks, with more games following suit in the coming months.
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EA corporate communications representative John Reseburg spoke to several websites about the change.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
However, the glaringly obvious question here is whether or not this all but confirms the inclusion of DRM in both the PS4 and Xbox One? Would one of the biggest publishers in the industry today, the same one who began the online passes era, be so quick to give it up without some profit assurance from another avenue. I highly doubt it.
But like I’ve stated numerous times before, it’s not exactly a bad thing, or an unexpected change either. It all really depends on the fees that could be announced at E3 in less than two weeks, so I’ll wait until then to make any real judgement.