No Online Pass for Crysis 2

Every EA game with online multiplayer gets an online pass that comes with new copies and must be purchased if you rent or buy used. You can’t play online without it. ¬†We’ve had about a year to get used to it.

Crysis 2 is published by EA, but because Crytek isn’t owned by EA, they had the option to opt out of the online pass program, and, according to GamerTagRadio, that’s exactly what they did.

The logic is sound: being essentially a new IP since most of the world never played Crysis, they didn’t want to discourage anyone from trying it. They’re laying the financial groundwork for the dozens of sequels they undoubtedly have planned, all of which will have the online pass.

The game is out on March 22 on HD consoles and the PC.

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2 Comments on No Online Pass for Crysis 2


On March 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

“Being essentially a new IP since most of the world never played Crysis”
Doesn’t belong on a site for PC gaming files/downloads. Why not make this article about the Crysis 2 PC demo release or something?

Phil Owen

On March 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I may have written that sentence, but it’s not even my logic. It’s not conjecture; that’s actually the main reason Crytek isn’t putting an online pass on Crysis 2: most of the potential millions of Crysis 2 console players haven’t touched Crysis before. They said that!

And PC gaming files/downloads are only part of what we do. Those things are a large part, to be sure, but they are not everything.