Homefront Will Require Online Pass, But Renters Can Still Try For Free

The occupied-America shooter Homefront will require THQ's Online Pass - a one-use code that comes free in retail copies of the game - to access the game's online multiplayer. But accommodations will be made for renters or used-copy purchasers.

Those without a valid code may still play online multiplayer on all maps, but may only advance to level 5 (out of 75 in the game's ranking structure), reports Shacknews. There is no time limit on how long they may play, only the level cap.

THQ's Online Pass, first implemented with UFC Undisputed 2010, costs $US10 for someone who buys a used copy of Homefront with an expired or nonexistent code. It's similar to Electronic Arts' "Project $10" and the EA Sports Online Pass. The program effectively gives publishers a cut of used sales, if a used buyer wants the complete game, anyway.

Homefront To Use THQ's Online Pass [Shacknews]


    Looks like THQ may have finally found the middle ground here. It doesn't feel like they're forcing people to buy the online component if they don't want to. Congrats to THQ!

    Go THQ! Allowing everyone to play is a start, obviously sitting at Level 5 would be a disadvantage to all the other who will have access to better weapons, etc...

    At least if can still be played!

    I am okay with this.

    Just a heads up that the PC version of course doesn't include this. Just 360 and PS3.

    Yep, I like it.

    I'll be buying new anyway... but I think it's a workable system.

    Thats a good way of doing it. Nice Job THQ

    If the game follows the now fairly normal unlocks system then this is really bad for used game buyers

    I'm led to believe book publishers are now going to be sending copies of books to libraries with the final 5 pages missing. You can read them online for ten bucks.

    i'm still against online codes and stuff, but this seems like a fair middleground

    Does this mean I can pirate it and see if it's crap or not? Because that would be nice. They should just give demos like this really.

    Brace for having servers literally full of level fivers.

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