Submitted by Stargazer 925d ago | news

Rest in peace, EA's Online Pass program

According to EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg, as of today, the company’s Online Pass program is no more. (EA, Industry)

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NYC_Gamer  +   925d ago
That's good news coming from EA
a_bro  +   925d ago | Well said
too good to be true, especially from EA
HammadTheBeast  +   925d ago
I have a feeling this might be something stupid.... like Multi player/Single Player separate or Premium Packs with built in online passes.

I've grown wary of EA after their BS.
zeal0us  +   925d ago
Yeah I wouldn't get my hopes up just yet and if it is true, I pretty sure EA will come up with a alternative that work similar to online passes later on down the road.
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badz149  +   925d ago
oh no
Looks like they have found another way to rip us off! ...something bad is coming guys, and it will start with BF4! Get ready for impact!
NeverEnding1989  +   925d ago
Let's hope SONY follows EA's footsteps and gets rid of this greedy feature. Good move, EA.
nukeitall  +   925d ago
I really dislike the online pass, because it never added anything. Was just purely an extra cost and a limited access.

Now, if they had online pass similar to season passes I would be all down for that. Ideally though for both publishers and gamers, they should just raise the price and give us more content overall.

More map packs and so on for everyone that has access to new or used game, but the cost can be a modest $5 above what we pay now.

I hate it when developers split the community with DLC especially the multiplayer type.
JBallerX  +   925d ago
A lot of negative responses on here. This is good news! I understand being wary of EA because of their past, but until we hear something else, this is great news! We have no idea if they are going to implement something in the future or not. No point in speculating (or assuming) that they will. The time to get upset is if they announce some other form of gouging in the future, but this is great for now. I'm sure I'll get disagrees to this...but I don't care.
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ThanatosDMC  +   925d ago
More DLCs that are actually the whole game cut into pieces.
ziggurcat  +   925d ago
@ nukeitall:

you're only half right.

you're correct in that the online pass doesn't really add anything, but it only has an extra cost if you are the type of person who only buys used copies of video games. if you never buy used or if you buy used and don't give a **** about multiplayer, then it costs you $0 extra.
abzdine  +   925d ago
this only means more and more like me are boycotting their games so in the end they lost more money than they thought they would be earning from this online pass fee.

good news indeed
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Army_of_Darkness  +   925d ago
” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

Finally doing something none-greedy for once. My stance into not ever buying an online pass helped make a difference;-) yeah baby!
guitarded77  +   924d ago
"Rest in peace" my ass... More like "BURN IN HELL ONLINE PASS".

They know they can make more money off DLC if MP is free for even used game sales.
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Awesome_Gamer  +   924d ago
Good move by EA.
coolbeans  +   925d ago
Certainly a good start. Now to clean up just about everything else.
Root  +   925d ago
I think with them looking for a new CEO after John Riccitiello and the fact we have a brand new gen coming up this would be the perfect time for the new guy, when he's made CEO, to fix this company.

If I was taking over from John Riccitiello and knew the amount of hate the company gets from gamers I would want to turn the company around to restore it's rep. That means stop restricting devs, allow freedom, stop cutting content and selling it as DLC etc

No more online passes is a step in the right direction but they still have a long way to go
dasbeer88  +   925d ago
Your second paragraph can also be said to Microsoft too, except the John Riccitello part.
redDevil87  +   925d ago
I'm sure they'll have something else in store.

Both next-gen consoles have the ability to block used games. I can see EA using it.
kagon01  +   925d ago
Agreed, the PS4 has this abominable feature...
aLucidMind  +   925d ago
Sony has already flat-out stated that the PS4 won't block used games. Because Sony isn't doing it, Microsoft won't either because that would essentially be handing their customers to their biggest competitor on a silver platter.
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DragonKnight  +   924d ago
This is just so they can look better for when they really bring out microtransactions.
DOMination-  +   924d ago
Or always online drm. Just because neither console forces it doesnt mean a publisher cant do it. Sony said they can do what they want. Same with used games. The PS4 doesnt block them as a feature built in but publishers are free to do it. Same on xbox of course. People must learn this.
DragonKnight  +   924d ago
@DOMination: Sony never said anything of the sort. There is no always-online DRM for the PS4. Sony's "always-on" is strictly for downloading updates or games and stuff like that. As for used games, Jack Tretton and Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that they will work on the PS4. If you're referring to that tidbit where Yoshida mentioned that it was up to publishers when it comes to online registration, everyone believes that that is just a continuation of the already present online passes, which is a form of online registration.

So to reiterate. Used games will work on the PS4 and there will be no always-online DRM. Publishers will not be able to do whatever they want.
MikeMyers  +   924d ago
"Publishers will not be able to do whatever they want."

Of course they can. In fact they already are.


Sony also uses online passes so it will be interesting moving forward if they continue to support them and if it carries over to the PS4.
showtimefolks  +   925d ago
EA get better, you control so many IP's that you should be making more money than any other publishers only of you care about few things

Stop trying to rip us off with online pass and micro transactions
Releasing games with always online
Also it would help gain profits if any and all games release by EA were really quality titles with a lot of polish

Army of two
Dead space 3

Both games could have used more interesting ideas and more time to really make both quality titles

Here is HOOING with a new GEN we get a new EA that cares about gamers as much as hey care about making money
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   925d ago
EA is finally doing something right.
B-radical  +   925d ago
So with battlefield 4 we will still need origin?
Imalwaysright  +   925d ago
Great. Now Sony needs to do the same and MS must kill their giant online pass aka Live as well.
coolbeans  +   924d ago
You mean Xbox Live Gold. Live is their online service altogether.
kamakaz3md  +   925d ago
hah, the damage has already been done. Tho ea has alot of great games, I will not forget all the @ss raping they did to me in the past. And next gen consoles are a whole new story, so it could pick back up with some kind similar scheme.
StraightPath  +   925d ago
greedy Sony and Ubisoft should follow too. Stupid they thought this will help increase sales..
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TAURUS-555  +   925d ago
at last ¡¡¡¡
Bobby Kotex  +   924d ago
SO you like EA now? Next time I want people to like me, I'll continuously do something crappy and then stop, then everyone will like me.
Blaze929  +   924d ago
could be an indication of what Sony/Microsoft may soon be announcing about there online services.
Neoninja  +   925d ago
Can't believe I'm going to say this but, good job EA! Hopefully other publisher who do that online pass junk decide to dump it as well.
antz1104  +   925d ago
I know, right? WOOOOOOOOOOT!!!
irepbtown  +   924d ago
At least now we can buy used EA games and not worry about a pass :D
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animegamingnerd  +   925d ago
now hopefully companies like ubisoft, sony, warner brothers and anyone else who are dumb enough to think online passes are a good idea can do this too
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Lucreto  +   925d ago
I am surprised I thought it would go the other way more online passes.

One part says this is good of EA but another part says they might have always online instead or something worse.
Alexander24  +   925d ago
Never thought I would say this but good going EA! I hope they keep on doing things like this.

Here's hoping other publishers follow suit.
ihatetrolls  +   925d ago
EA: "We have now got rid of online passes. Instead, we are introducing the used game pass".
B1663r  +   925d ago
I was thinking they would make BF4 online free to play. Now all you have to do is buy bullets....
MikeyDucati1  +   925d ago
Very, very smart move. I was in a game store checking out games and this guy was on the fence about BLOPS 2 and BF3. I told him the differences between the two. I enjoy both but I like BF3 more so less arcadey feel and strategy involved, so I tried leaning him towards that purchase. He was interested until the clerk told him about the online pass thing (it was a used copy nonetheless). So after he learned that he could play BLOPS2 right out of the box online, he immediately picked BLOPS. Nothing wrong with BLOPS but I know plenty people who skipped EA products because of the online pass issue.

Or if they are getting rid of this...does this mean something else down the pipeline will come that equals the same thing in next gen? Who knows...
MikeyDucati1  +   925d ago
You know Mike, you might have point about what's next.

Does this confirm that used games will not be played on the next gen? Why else would they suddenly agree to this when gamers were compliant with the format? Things that make you go hmmm
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   925d ago
I don't get it, are you actually answering the questions you raised yourself? Patting yourself on the back? LOL
eliteslaya13  +   925d ago
The future is looking ever brighter for EA. Now about those micro-transactions...
animegamingnerd  +   925d ago
and day 1 DLC
THamm  +   925d ago
micro-transactions thats the catch
PygmelionHunter  +   925d ago
And still being butthurt about what happened with Nintendo... Origin... Lol, EA's such a joke nowadays. I blame DLC, turned them into greedy bastards.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   925d ago
EA had been greedy bastardas waaaay before DLCs. I remember people mad at 'em as far back as before PS2 was out.
bluetoto  +   925d ago
"We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward."

I love the power of the consumer who votes with his/her wallet! I've passed on buying any game that came with one.

Can't try the MP without one? Oh well I guess I won't miss whatever it is you were offering, especially with so many other good games available. Good start EA, let's keep it going.
RegorL  +   925d ago
Why have a $9 online pass when you can have $39 non transferable DLC?
Supermax  +   925d ago
Making 160 million on battlefield premium dost hurt eather.glad they dropped it,but I think there working on other ways to make a profit ie more dlc wich isn't bad.lets all hope for battlefront 3 as well.
Bhuahahaha  +   925d ago
too good to be true ><
what's the catch EA?
Prodigy-X  +   925d ago
Conzul  +   925d ago
Hell hath frozen over.
irepbtown  +   924d ago
Praise the lord!!!!
nevin1  +   925d ago
I thought they made some money on this online pass system?

Or was it Sony?
kagon01  +   925d ago
That's because they'll be able to sell you trough their Origin service with their co branded partners, also don't forget their micro transactions by selling incomplete products out of the box(DLC)...
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M-M  +   925d ago
Did I really just hear EA state this?
animegamingnerd  +   925d ago
either they did or we all just might be going crazy
moodgamer  +   925d ago
What? Is it a dream?
andrewer  +   925d ago
Hell with the in peace
Majin-vegeta  +   925d ago
I must be dreaming someone quick break a chair on me so i know it's real?
PooEgg  +   925d ago
I will say that I am would be willing to give EA the benefit of the doubt, however it will take more then this to renew my faith. The online pass is just one thing in EA's long list of sins, how about we talk about:

1)Microtransactions in games that are not free to play.
2)Pulling content out of games to be sold as Day 1 DLC.
3)Buggy games that never get patched.
4)Forcing multi-player components into single player series,at the expense of the single player experience.
5)Repricing digital content, no matter if we are talking DLC or sims 3 store content, everything cost 25-50% more then it is really worth. Drop the prices and I am sure you will sell a lot more and make customers a lot happier.

I could go on an on... but sure Online Pass a step in the right direction, but why take a single step when you could go all in and it would earn a lot of good faith.
Ashlen  +   925d ago
I'm inclined to believe this just means all future EA games will require an internet connection and need to be registered, like Sim City.
duli14  +   925d ago
so that might be the catch.
Gamer-Z  +   925d ago
One thing is certain EA didn't do this out of generosity.
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duli14  +   925d ago
ok so now its SONY's turn.
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CRASHBASHUK  +   925d ago
and ubisoft?
sourav93  +   925d ago
Rest in peace? More like burn in hell...
ACEMANWISE  +   925d ago
Let me get this straight. EA starts a trend that, in effect, causes the entire industry to charge more money for buying used...and now they're the good guys for backing out?

While I agree used games can hurt potential new game sales, I never felt that supporting the online mode for two years was enough service when 5-10 gamers paid "their share" to play online off the same copy. It would be a bit more understandable if the charge was for game access. At least it would be permanent. In this case it was access to a service, which requires maintenance.
SeraphimBlade  +   925d ago
"Rest in peace, EA"
Holy crap, finally! Quick! Somebody buy the rights to Wing Commander! No! Never mind! I'll do it! Where do I-

"...'s online pass program"
... I uh... I guess that's cool too.
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r21  +   925d ago
Pretty good move on EA. Good to see that some gaming companies are paying attention to gamer feedback *cough*SE*cough*
Harkins1721  +   925d ago
Its not greedy. Its to make sure some money goes towards developers. Dont like it? Buy the game new. Its thats easy.
Slowbrosef  +   925d ago
What's even easier is stop with the sky high game budgets, make games fun to play and charge less for them.

Then maybe people wont rush to gamestop, I'd gladly buy a reasonably priced game brand new.
Caffo01  +   925d ago
you don't have to buy a brand new game if you think it's too expensive... just wait for it to be cheaper. Nowadays games price drops in 3-4 months.
If you have to wait to buy it used you can also wait and buy it new when it's cheaper.
Slowbrosef  +   925d ago
EA must be trying to appease the fans after the backlash it's been feeling recently.
darkness625  +   925d ago
now all they have to do is mind their own business and let developers develop games properly and give a complete experience. and give proper dlc.
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