The game, slated to hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 25, will come bundled with a one-use code to unlock its online multiplayer component. Meanwhile, those that play a second-hand copy--used, borrowed, rented, etc.--will need to pay a 400 Microsoft Point / $5 fee to gain online multiplayer access, THQ explained to Destructoid after Pastapadre broke the news.
THQ made no mention of offering a free trial to second-hand players--each of Electronic Arts' "Online Pass" games will include a free seven-day trial for non-new players.
Such efforts mark the latest step as publishers look to recoup the lack of revenue they receive from used game sales. Companies such as Microsoft and Electronic Arts also bundle free downloadable content with new copies of games for similar reasons, with Ubisoft recently noting it "will probably be following that line."