Online Passes: Microsoft Backtracks but EA Stands Firm

Electronic Arts has put fears to rest that its decision to dissolve its Online Pass program will be reversed in the wake of both Microsoft and Sony confirming their next-gen systems will support used games.

EA Online Pass

In an interview with Polygon the company’s senior director of corporate communications clarified that “[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass,” and that the program is officially “dead”.

“As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well,” Reseburg reiterated. “Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change.”

This is certainly reassuring news and alleviates concerns that with Microsoft reversing its decisions regarding used games EA would make a similar u-turn and resurrect its Online Pass program. No doubt retailers will be pleased to hear this is not the case and that the used games eco system will continue to flourish on both PS4 and Xbox One.

Rob Gisbey is a content provider for Analog Addiction from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demo check out his BandPage. To read his other articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to MyIGN.


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