May 31, 2013

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EA Removes Online Pass Requirement on All Games

EA Removes Online Pass Requirement on All Games

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Are you sitting in your chair right now, looking to play your pre-owned copy of an EA title, but cannot due to the requirement to pay for a new online pass? Fear no more, yesterday the company announced that the requirement will be removed from all EA titles.

Online Pass is a unique code system used by a number of different developers which requires the player to put in an one time code to unlock unique features or Online multiplayer. EA previously announced last month that all future titles would not use the system, but it seems like this will in time also apply to all EA titles that use the system.

EA had this to say in a statement to Eurogamer:

“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 said. “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.”

As from today, All EA Sports games will no longer prompt for a Online Pass code, Some EA Games Online Passesj have also been made free on the PSN Store/Xbox Live Marketplace, these include Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed and Metal of Honor. EA has also made some “In the Box DLC” free as well, this includes the Cerberus Network Pass for Mass Effect 2 and The Stone Prisoner for Dragon Age: Origins’

Are you looking forward to finally being able to play your used EA titles online without having to pay for the unlock code? Give your views in the comments.

[Source: Eurogamer]