Bethesda appears to be joining the throngs of publishers rushing to set aside specific content to gamers that decide to purchase new copies of games, beginning with Rage.
While publishers like THQ and Warner have restricted access to online certain modes as part of an "Online Pass" initiative, the plan for id Software's latest is to make an underground area of Rage inaccessible to gamers that decide to buy used.
Speaking with Eurogamer, id Software creative director Tim Willits said that a sewer network that runs under the wasteland world of Rage will only be available for new game buyers; however, he's adamant that the area is not essential for the quest.
"Most people never even see it. I can tell you, some people will buy Rage, download that, and still never set foot in those things. They just won't. I think that's fair. It's cool," he said. Noting that the sewer tunnel system is "outside of the main path" of the game, Willits reiterates that not having access will not detract from the game, adding, "I know some consumers, when you can't avoid it, then you get a little touchy subject."
The obvious assumption is that the game will feature a one-use code to unlock the content.
In the interview, Willits does not mention whether or not sewer access will be made available at as premium DLC unlock for those that do not purchase a new copy of the game. Shacknews has contacted the game's publisher to learn if that is in the plans.
Rage launches on October 4 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.