Online Pass News


EA: Online Pass profits didn't balance out reputation damage and player frustration

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 14, 2013 6:45am PDT

EA is finally ditching Online Passes so the three-year experiment clearly didn't work out quite as it had hoped, but how bad was it? "The amount of money that we made, it didn't replace the amount of frustration we put on our customers and it didn't offset the reputation dam...


"Ubisoft doesn't have the online check anymore since like 2011? I know Far Cry 3 worked fine ..."

- Sailor of Fortune see all 22 comments

Ninja Gaiden 3 uses online pass

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 07, 2012 11:15am PST

As is oh so hip, cool and trendy to do nowadays, Ninja Gaiden 3's publisher Tecmo Koei is locking its online multiplayer away behind a single-use code included with new copies. If you buy a used copy, you'll need to pay extra to cut up your pals.


EA: Online Passes 'do not expire' as long as game is still supported

By Xav de Matos, Dec 05, 2011 7:10pm PST

Electronic Arts has told Shacknews its 'Online Pass' codes, which grant users access to the multiplayer components of select games, are not intended to expire.


"So then EA what is the reason why these codes for these games are not working - if the codes ..."

- nitefyre410 see all 32 comments

EA: 'Time limit' on online pass for 'a few titles'

By Xav de Matos, Dec 05, 2011 3:15pm PST

Though EA has yet to respond to our inquires, the company did offer some explanation for expiring Online Passes in select titles available in stores.


"Check the update. Looks like this whole thing may have been wrong. "

- Schnapple see all 16 comments

Users complain of expired EA 'Online Pass' codes

By Xav de Matos, Dec 02, 2011 4:00pm PST

Though Electronic Arts games regularly feature an "Online Pass" to activate multiplayer and other features, it would appear that the codes due have an expiration date.


"At least play the single player, while not ground breaking I still really enjoyed it ."

- ShXIII see all 21 comments

EA: Online Pass has made $10-15 million

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 08, 2011 8:45am PDT

EA's Online Pass scheme has brought in $10-15 million since it launched last year. It wrings money from used games sales by locking multiplayer off behind a single-use code included free with new copies or sold separately for $10.


"meh... no biggie. I'm pretty patient when it comes to playing games, so i'll just wait for price ..."

- Ryking see all 5 comments

Rage 'sewer access' only available to new game purchasers

By Xav de Matos, Aug 12, 2011 3:45pm PDT

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.


"To all the people complaining about an online pass type situation to combat used games sales. ..."

- TGovostis see all 158 comments

Mortal Kombat 'Kombat Pass' waived on PS3 for a limited time

By Xav de Matos, May 20, 2011 7:00pm PDT

For the time being, NetherRealm Studios is waiving the required "Kombat Pass" for its new title Mortal Kombat on the PlayStation 3 as a temporary solution to the continuing PSN Store outage.


"still dumb. the ability to play the game online was purchased when the game was purchased new. ..."

- rtrson see all 15 comments

Rumor: Warner initiating 'Online Pass' program for core titles, beginning with Mortal Kombat

By Xav de Matos, Mar 29, 2011 6:02pm PDT

A tipster has shared an email with Shacknews stating that NetherRealm's upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot will include an one-use code to enable online...


"Who wants to carry around 2-3 games when you can just carry it all on a jump drive."

- ReckHavoc see all 61 comments

Homefront to Feature THQ's Online Pass; Multiplayer Available but Capped for Secondary Users

By Xav de Matos, Jan 05, 2011 1:00pm PST

Shacknews has confirmed that THQ's upcoming "war at home" shooter Homefront will use the company's newly developed Online Pass for...


"Well I think they're just trying it out right now. Testing the waters per se."

- SkipperMcG see all 150 comments