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EA: Online Pass is 'dead', never coming back

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Jun 2013 4:21 User comments (3)

EA: Online Pass is 'dead', never coming back Electronic Arts has ruled out a return of its Online Pass program on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One games consoles.
Both next generation consoles will now support the playing of used games, which had prompted questions about how EA's recent decision to abandon Online Pass would be affected.

Speaking to Polygon, an Electronic Arts representative ruled out a return of the Online Pass system in the next generation.

"There is no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass," the rep said. "It is dead."

EA said the decision to kill off Online Pass on both future games, and retrospectively on older titles, was down to customer feedback. Systems like Online Pass - which were also adopted later by other publishers - are widely seen as a way for publishers to get revenue out of the resale of video games.

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123.6.2013 19:52

I'm sure they are hard at working finding another way to charge gamers more for playing their games.


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224.6.2013 1:14

My guess is that they've found that microtransactions and DLC more than pay for the loss of the negligible funds they received from the Online Pass system, without the overwhelmingly negative PR.

324.6.2013 6:00

Originally posted by Bozobub:
My guess is that they've found that microtransactions and DLC more than pay for the loss of the negligible funds they received from the Online Pass system, without the overwhelmingly negative PR.
I concur.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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