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EA responds to Xbox 180, online passes not coming back for next-gen

on 20 June 2013

In light of Microsoft’s recent policy changes, Polygon was notified by Electronic Arts regarding the status of their former Online Pass policy for games. Now that all next-generation systems are DRM free, will the policy be reinstated? EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg had this to say on the matter:

“[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass. It is dead. As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well. Nothing else on today's news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there's no change.”

EA changed their Online Pass policy back in May after it had been in practice for over three years. The policy was designed to make used game sales profitable for game developers by requiring input of a one-time code to access the networking features of a game, such as DLC and online multiplayer.