It is the news that people who like to pick up pre-owned games dread to hear but DICE has said there is a “probable” chance that Battlefield 3 will have an online pass which would work in a similar way to ones used by EA in some of their other games including the Madden NFL series and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. The executive producer of Battlefield 3, Patrick Bach, has said that gamers will “probably” have to register a code included with new copies of the game to access multiplayer modes before adding that he didn’t think the system was online pass by saying “I don’t think it’s an online pass, I think it’s our own backend. I’m not sure I want to call our system an online pass.”
Bach has defend the move by explaining that the process involved in enabling online play was expensive which he says players who have a used copy of the game should contribute towards:
“The whole idea is that we’re paying for servers and if you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend. We would rather have you buy a new game than a used game because buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don’t get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you.”
EA haven’t yet confirmed an ‘Online Pass’ system for the game but if they do then it seems that they are doing it for the right reasons. What do you make of this move by EA/DICE? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.