EA confirms that Syndicate won’t have an online pass

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Well this is a surprise isn’t it, the company who invented the online pass and has recently vastly improved it have now announced that their next big title, Syndicate, won’t have one at all.

And apparently it’s because the online portion of the game is so important, which would explain why they would want an online pass and not why they wouldn’t really?

Some choice quotes on why the pass isn’t happening from Eurogamer and Joystiq

We want as little resistance or barriers to entry as possible. The co-op is equal billing in this,

Maybe another reason for not having the Online Pass is we were confident in the scope of the online game

There are nine maps. It’s hard to say, but just to play through the maps once on normal is a good six, seven hours. To progress your character and upgrade a few weapons is a heap of content. That and the single-player campaign means hopefully we won’t see much in the way of early second hand sales and rentals.

So… a 7 hour game that they hope won’t be seen being sold in shops very soon, that’s massively optimistic isn’t it. There is a large part of the gaming world who just enjoy finish a game once and not ranking up, I expect to see a lot of Syndicates in the second hand bin pretty quickly locally.

Last Updated: February 2, 2012

Gavin Mannion

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