One of the first publishers to dabble in the idea of an “online pass” – whereby gamers were charted a fee for accessing certain online content if they purchased a title pre-owned – has decided to do away with the program.
Not all Electronic Arts-published games will be given the Project $US10/ Online Pass treatment. Rather than slap Syndicate with a one-use code that unlocks the game’s multiplayer features, EA will keep such access free, to grow interest in the shooter’s co-op mode it says.
Today, commenter Odin plays devil’s advocate, explaining how online passes may actually help the industry. See what you think of his argument.