Electronic Arts has made a move to make a little more money from gamers buying the company’s sports titles for cheap from the previously owned shelves. It has announced the Online Pass. Basically, if you buy the game new, it will come with a code that allows you to play it online. It’s a one-time only thing, though it’s unclear whether it’s per machine or per user who redeems the code. If you buy an EA Sports title used and the code has already been redeemed, it’ll take $10 to get a new code.
EA says the Online Pass will enable “online services, features and bonus content.” The feature will roll out with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11.
Curiously, the press release also mentions that GameStop “has shown support of EA’s digital strategy by selling Sony PlayStation Network cards and Xbox Live Microsoft Points cards with the purchase of new and used EA titles.”
Isn’t that what GameStop has always done? Why mention it now?
The bottom line is, if you wait to pick up an EA Sports game used, chances are you’ll have to shell out another $10 if you want to play it online. However, EA is going to provide a seven-day trial pass for free, so you’ll be able to test it out before you make the commitment.
In other, more personal news, Tom Clancy’s Endwar is available for download from the Xbox Marketplace for $30. I’d highly suggest checking it out and looking me up if you want to play online. It is not a perfect game; it’s just real close.
- Alex “WMD Bravo”
Addendum: I got in touch with EA about exactly what the restrictions are on the Online Pass. According to them, the Online Pass is good for both the console that it was redeemed on AND the account of the player who redeemed it.
So, if you have a roommate and both of you play on the same console, both of you can go online with the same Online Pass. If you redeemed an Online Pass and you go over to a buddy’s place, you’ll be able to go online from there as well.