EA Begins Eliminating Online Pass Fees, Offers Content for Free

May 30, 2013 -

Electronic Arts has cut the price of online passes for dozens of its games - and in some cases - has made them free of charge, according to Eurogamer. Earlier in the month EA announced that it was discontinuing the use of its online pass system.

Battlefield Bad Company 2's VIP Pass, Skate 3's Skate Share Pack plus Online Passes for Bulletstorm, Kingdoms of Amalur, Medal of Honor and Shift 2 Unleashed are now free of charge on Xbox Live. DLC content such as Dragon Age: Origins' The Stone Prisoner and Mass Effect 2's Cerberus Network Pass (originally 1200 Points apiece) are also now free. Also free as of today is Dragon Age 2's Black Emporium DLC (which was included with the game's Signature Edition) and the Xbox 360 version of American McGee's Alice (which was included with copies of Alice: Madness Returns) - though you'll still need that game's disc to play it.

EA is still charging for some content like Online Passes to recent EA releases such as Tiger Woods 14 and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

EA offered the following statement to Eurogamer on the subject:

"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," a spokesperson told Eurogamer. "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 company also launched an new Online Pass FAQ. While much of the content mentioned today was on Xbox Live, a similar effort is being made for PS3 titles that had online passes.

Source: Eurogamer



Re: EA Begins Eliminating Online Pass Fees, Offers Content ...

I kind of figured that the DLC stuff for 'necessary content' was pretty much in place by EA to prevent people from sharing their game, now that it's not an issue in the future, and because they've already pulled in massive cash, they don't have to charge for patches anymore..  Although they never should have in the first place.

Re: EA Begins Eliminating Online Pass Fees, Offers Content ...

Only reason they got rid of online passes is because they got what they wanted from Microsoft (and possibly Sony...) with regards to used games.

Re: EA Begins Eliminating Online Pass Fees, Offers Content ...

Indeed. When Nintendo didn't want to play ball, well, EA left.

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