We told you previously that EA was set to nix its much maligned online pass system, which charged gamers extra money for base content if they happened to be playing a second hand copy of a game. they’re no longer using that model, because in future, consoles will do that for them. Anyway, the Online pass is now effectively dead. Surprisingly, it’s retroactive – and not only will new games ditch the system, but previously locked content from older games is no longer being kept behind a paywall.
“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well,” an EA spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.
“Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online.
“These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”
Right now, pretty much all of EA’s older games that required online passes no longer do – and that includes things like Mass effect 2’s Cerberus Network and and Dragon age 2 DLC. Newer titles like Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel and Tiger Woods 2014, however, still want you to pay 800 MSP for the privilege of playing online.
Last Updated: May 31, 2013