Bitmob: Mass Effect 2's Cerberus Network $15 Without Activation Code

Earlier this week, BioWare revealed that Mass Effect 2's downloadable content will be delivered via the in-game "Cerberus Network." Access to this network -- and the promised launch-day DLC -- is granted free via a one-time-use code included with each new copy of the game. BioWare was silent on what network access would cost to those who purchased the game used, but has found out the answer: 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). The article also includes a look at the Cerberus Network membership card and screenshots from the network itself.

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fan_of_gaming3248d ago

i'll be buying the collectors edition on launch day so i'll get the code included

lord_of_balrogs3248d ago

The Cerberus Network card is included with every new copy of Mass Effect 2 standard and CE.

SilentNegotiator3248d ago

That's a pretty clever way of applying DRM without applying DRM.

FamilyGuy3248d ago (Edited 3248d ago )

With M$s game attach ratio up around 8.8 per console these guys are actually worried about their getting pirated or traded? Sales should be great regardless but I guess this insures that they'll be getting something from anyone who wants to get the most outta their game.

Pretty smart move, developers increasing their profits wise. Online multi-player games should do things like this to prevent pirated copies from being played online or at least getting to charge those pirates something.

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TheIneffableBob3248d ago

Well, it's understandable that they want to diminish the used games market. Used games are a very significant amount of lost revenue from people willing to pay.

fan_of_gaming3248d ago

I think this is the way the industry is heading, publishers/developers probably realize they can never really stop places from selling used games, so they are changing tactics and instead providing incentives for buying new, which I feel is a good idea.

Myst3248d ago

Good thing I have my pre-order paid off, though I just better make sure that the activation code is in there before I leave.

FantasyStar3248d ago

They can provide as much incentive as they want, but if the game sucks or is lacking in something, incentive doesn't do jack. Instead of trying to decrease the used market sales, why not just simply drop the price from $60 to something more reasonable. It's painfully obvious that $60 doesn't cut it with most people, hence why the used market exists.

The Game Industry spends millions on analysts to figure out problems with things like piracy and used game market when the answer is so simple, a fanboy could figure it out. If your game is good, people will buy it. If your game is good and priced right, people will buy it AND recommend it to others. A $30-40 Mass Effect 2 game sounds better to me than all the "incentives" out there.

blu_yu_away3248d ago

Even if you drop the prices of games a used market will still exist. It's not going to magically make everyone buy new and keep the game forever. Only difference a $40 new game will make is that instead of a used copy selling for $55 it'll sell for $35. Sure, a few people may decide to buy new instead. But at the end of the day most of the people who want to save an extra few bucks will do so by still buying used.

Blaster_Master3248d ago

Agreed. Considering the game is on DVD9 and adding the software to the disc virtually cost the publishers zero dollars, you can say that we are literally paying for something that should cost as much as a new CD at the music store. I understand that the cost to develop a game is high, but they are shooting themeselves in the foot when they over charge. It means less sales and makes for a smaller market.

Gobot3248d ago (Edited 3248d ago )

damn, i won't be able to pick this up day one. oh well there's always the internet

LONEWOLF2313248d ago

Its all good man. It doesnt matter if you pick this up day one or 2 months from now IF you look carefully there will be games with the code packaged in SO its all good.

Vortex3D3248d ago

If you look at Dragon Age: Origins, the included DLC code expires in April. Mass Effect 2 DLC code probably will expire a few months after it comes out. This is to ensure those who wants the free DLC contents can't wait too long to buy it even new.

jakethesnake3248d ago

My eyes aren't the best, and neither is the resolution on the images, but it looks to me like it expires Jan 1st 2012. That's not so bad, provided thats the real date and that I can actually make out that text..

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