When EA first revealed that they were discarding the Online Pass system, we questioned whether it would be retroactively applied to their past games. Speaking to Eurogamer, EA has now confirmed that that is the case and that the elimination of the Online Pass will extended to their previous offering. Starting today on Xbox Live, many games will have their Online Passes offered free of charge, and the process will be implemented across all their existing franchises.
“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well,” a spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether. Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”
NeoGAF has identified that the following games are offering their Online Passes for free:
- Battlefield Bad Company 2′s VIP Pass
- Skate 3′s Skate Share Pack
- Bulletstorm Online Pass
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass
- Medal of Honor Online Pass
- Shift 2 Unleashed Online Pass
Given that Microsoft has claimed that they still plan to support the Xbox 360 for at least another five years, EA decision will still have some value to the more cynical gamers out there.
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