Battlefield is currently one of the most anticipated titles of 2011 and Electronic Arts seems to be supporting it by implementing a very controversial decision: online pass. EA Dice executive producer Patrick Bach talked to Gamerzines and said that the shooter is going to feature an online pass-like system for those people who buy used copies of the game.
Allegedly, Bach told the website that users will “probably” require an activation code in case they want to play the multiplayer portion of the game. Electronic Arts has been using online pass for other titles in the past and while new versions already included activation codes, used copies or those which were picked up at rental stores required a separate code (which usually cost $10.)
In any way, Bach claims that: “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.” “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” said Bach.
“We want people to at least pay us something to create this because we’re paying for it. It was actually a loss for us to have new players. Hopefully people understand why. It’s not to punish people. To us it’s compensation.”
It should also be taken into account that Activision recently stated that they would never charge players to access the multiplayer portion of their game. If this happens “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” has a great advantage over its competition. Battlefield 3 will be released on October 28th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.