Game Informer - We had a chance to talk with Electronic Art's VP of corporate communications, Jeff Brown, and he spoke towards why EA has decided to abandon online passes.
Good going EA! finally a positive step in the right direction. Hopefully other publishers will abandon their attacks on the used games market.
By getting rid of the online pass it gives EA more opportunity at micro transactions sales.
dont be fooled guys, a company like EA doesn't do charity! the only valid reason they give up with the OP is that they didn't earn as much as they expected they would. it's as simple as this! the good thing is that lots of consumers have decided not to buy EA products and you all can see it worked in the end.
@abzdine My bet is that they have something far worse in mind. No second hand sales, for instance.
Both Jogam and abzdine got it on the head but im not going to discredit this great move by EA but my issue is the microtransactions do away with that and I will personally have more EA games on my radar for now its indie gaming, sony 1st party, vita, xbox region free shmups, and certain major releases from all platforms ; )
Yeah but those micro transactions are things like gun packs, car packs, costumes, extra bs side missions, upgrades to make the game easier etc. Nothing that I find worth it or that actually improves the game. The problem is online passes that stop you from playing the other half of the game, glad they've dropped it. Now for xbox live to drop their pass that they put on every game by default.
Hope greedy Sony and Ubisoft and other companies follow this. Dumb they thought this will increase sales.
You know they doing this for a reason. They must found a way on next gen to block used games.
That was actually my first thought ;) Sad but true even if they don't do it (the easy assumption that it was why they scrapped online passes).
This is great news, I think ea is trying to turn themselves around from being named the worst gaming company out there & all the sim city gamers who were pissed from the online thing. This is a good start for ea.
Just to show my thanks EA im going to buy 5 copies of BF4 one for me and the other 4:for friend Im a big supporter of Sony but im hoping they do away with this crap also.If people buy a game used they can still make money when people buy DLC.
shits i guess EA is planning to do the intro or chapter oneof their game as a DLC now
I dont trust them, my first & still main thought after hearing this is what are you going to do instead?
Time to do it too Sony
Online passes smash piracy though.
From the article "you know games like Battlefield and FIFA where there's all sorts of new things that get added all the time – but the whole idea of packaging it up with an online pass, clearly it was not popular, so we listened to people and we stopped doing it." To me that sounds like they are going Capcoms route, and Nickel and Diming us more with the DLC and doing more Micro Transactions.
agreed 100%. I could also see them releasing games in "story dlc" where as you get the first half of the game & the rest you have to buy as dlc.
I honsetly didn't know EA had online passes, I was thinking of Dead Space 3 when I commented along with that share holders meeting, where they said people want Micro Transactions. Online passes are capped at 10bucks while Micro Transactions are not, you can clearly see where they are headed. I'm sure they will likely do something like a "Story DLC" and it will likely be with DA3 or the next ME
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