Buy an EA Game, Get an Expired Online Pass
Have you ever bough a carton of milk, only to later realize that the expiry date was last week? Well now you can capture that same feeling when you buy a game!
Online passes for games have expiry dates, and it’s allegedly possible to buy a game with a pass that’s already turned green and chunky. One gentleman purchased a new copy of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit on PS3 from Amazon, and when he tried to input the online pass, he received a message stating the code was either incorrect or no longer valid.
Joystiq reached out to EA and learned the following:
EA’s Online Pass can indeed expire for some new games, blocking buyers out of online content until they download a new pass or attain one from EA directly, EA confirmed to Joystiq. As a rule, no Online Pass should expire, but a few titles will have a time limit on their use, even for new purchases, EA said. Dragon Age 2, for example, has an Online Pass that expires on March 31, 2012, according to EA’s EULA description. Re-downloading or getting a new Pass is free, EA said.
Ah, there’s nothing like making customers jump through hoops to play the game they payed for to increase consumer confidence.