Following rumors sparked by a German Resistance 3 bundle, Sony has confirmed that the game will include a one-time use code to access online features. We've seen Sony dip a toe in this pool before on the PSP, with online entitlements offered for games like ModNation Racers. This new statement seems like Sony is ramping up its efforts and bringing Online Passes to the PlayStation 3, where they've become commonplace in games from EA and THQ.
In a statement issued today, Sony said:
We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities. This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title. This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.
The program will be "game-specific," so we may not see it for other online-enabled first-party games like Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Then again, the statement refers to "starting with Resistance 3," so it definitely seems like there are more games with an Online Pass code to come.