Codemasters ditching online passes?

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It seems that publishers are coming to their collective senses, as another big publisher has dropped that online pass to allow second hand purchasers of games play online.

Or, at least they have with the latest game in the F1 series. Yep, F1 2013 won’t require that “VIP” pass to play online.

"We have taken the decision not to include a VIP Pass activation system in either F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition," a Codies spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"Players will not be required to activate multiplayer functionality via a VIP Pass code and we have no plans to replace the pass with an alternative paid-for activation system in the game when it launches this October."

While this is just for one game, let’s hope that it carries through to the rest of Codemasters’ titles. In fact, let’s hope it carries on through to the entire industry, and we’ll never see an online activation code just o play multiplayer ever again.

Instead, what we’ll probably have instead is a season pass; which is honestly a better way to make sure people don’t sell their games on the second hand market. People will be far less likely to get rid of their games with the promise of extra content that they’ve already paid for.

Last Updated: August 1, 2013

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