EA recently announced that it is discontinuing its Online Pass program, and the publisher is going one step further by removing the cost from older online passes. We first noticed the switch when several pieces of Xbox Live Marketplace content, like the Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2 and the online pass for Shift 2 Unleashed, switched to free.
A thread on NeoGAF spotted the changes and compiled a short list. Other games that appear to have switched their online passes to free include Bad Company 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Medal of Honor, and Skate 3. The prices on the Sony Store, so far, remain unchanged.
"As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well. We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether," an EA representative told Shacknews. "Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come."