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Posted by Chuck Corbin on May 31, 2013

EA’s Online Pass Eliminated For Existing Games As Well

Earlier in the month we reported with glee that EA was going to be giving up their controversial Online Pass system, where in order to access the online content for the game you had to have a special, one-time only pass that you had to enter. If you didn’t have the pass, either because you lost it, or most likely because you bought the game used, you would have to pay about $5 in order to access most, if not all of the multiplayer features for the game. It was a way to ensure that publishers got some sort of slice of the pie from used game market, but as most of you probably agree, it was a pretty shady way to make a buck.

At the time it wasn’t exactly known if the Online Pass was being eliminated from older games that already had codes, but it is now known that EA is indeed doing just that. The company announced yesterday that they are in the “process of eliminating it from all out existing EA titles as well”. With the elimination of the Online Pass comes also some free content that was previously only available via the pass.

On the Xbox 360 several different Online Passes for games are now available for free to download, including Mass Effect 2’s Cerberus Network. Other DLC is now available for free as well, including American McGee’s Alice, and the Stone Prisoner DLC for Dragon Age: Origins. EA has stated that the free Online Passes will soon make its way to the PS3 and other platforms in the weeks to come.

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