EA Has No Plans to Reverse Decision to Scrap Online Passes

EA Games has no plans to revise its policies on the Online Pass, following Microsoft’s announcement to do away with its DRM system and other changes to its Xbox One policy.

Online Passes are single-use codes that come packed with every game, and provide players with access to multiplayer and online functionality, in addition to other exclusive features. Players who purchased the game used or borrowed from a friend would have had to pay $10 to obtain these features.

When the Online Pass program was canceled, there was speculation that EA would in turn rely upon Microsoft to use its second-hand game policies to reduce profits lost to the used market.

In light of Microsoft’s announcement today, EA has confirmed with Polygon that they have no plans to go back on their decision to scrap the Online Pass.

“As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well,” EA director of corporate communications John Reseburg said to Polygon.

“Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change.”

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1 Comment on EA Has No Plans to Reverse Decision to Scrap Online Passes


On June 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

And of course the fact that Microsoft have every chance of reintroducing these ridiculous proposals down the line means it would be premature for EA to bring back online passes.