EA To Abolish Online Passes – What Could This Mean for Next-Gen?


EA Games, John Reseburg has told VentureBeat in an interview that future EA games would not require online passes which we are meant to believe is the outcome of fan-feedback! Since when did fans become more worth than the thought of all that extra cash! It has left us wondering about what EA could know about the online functions of next-gen consoles with this announcement coming within a week of Microsoft’s next Xbox unveiling.

“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature,” Reseburg explains. “Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format… We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

I have come to the conclusion that with next-gen looming it might be a decision the company has had to make if Microsoft’s next Xbox perhaps renders the passes useless. EA’s Online Pass would be useless for two reasons; first being if on next-gen Microsoft takes a Sony approach and allows all multiplayer to be free (with paid access gaining use of Apps and messaging/party features). or secondly the long rumoured suggestion that all next gen games require a one-time activation code rendering used games useless anyway.

Are we really to believe EA has done something due to fan-feedback after all this time? Expect all new EA games which includes Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 to be Online Pass free. Maybe they have done the decent thing in a bid to gain more credibility with gamers – or maybe not?

When next-gen announcements are made, if it does render online passes useless anyway, we’ll keep you updated.

Via Xboxer360 & VentureBeat

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