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« on: May 16, 2013, 04:03:40 AM »



seems like it wasn't 'well received':

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“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

I imagine they'll find some new horrible way to make up for dropping the pass though.
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 04:24:30 AM »

Of all the things they could consider dropping, this ended up being the one they picked? I hardly even hear any complaining about online passes. The thing that would make people cheer happily would be to stop their fricking requirement that PC players use Origin. Now THAT would be a sight to behold.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 04:49:02 AM »

I think they've dropped online passes because they now have Origin.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 05:00:03 AM »

They will likely just replace them with season pass "subscriptions" like they have done to much financial success with Battlefield. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 08:19:09 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on May 16, 2013, 04:03:40 AM


I imagine they'll find some new horrible way to make up for dropping the pass though.

My thoughts exactly


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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 12:20:03 PM »

Goodbye online passes, hello IAP/online session!
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 12:48:42 PM »

Yup, most people are very skeptical that they are doing this out of the goodness of their heart, and rightfully so.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM »

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 01:09:14 PM »

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.

It has nothing to do with it working fine. It's the fact that you had to pay extra money if you didn't have a new copy of the game. Plus, it was annoying to have to enter a code.
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2013, 05:17:07 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on May 16, 2013, 04:49:02 AM

I think they've dropped online passes because they now have Origin.

but that's for PC, unless Origin is going to appear on the next gen consoles....
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2013, 05:28:51 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2013, 01:09:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.

It has nothing to do with it working fine. It's the fact that you had to pay extra money if you didn't have a new copy of the game. Plus, it was annoying to have to enter a code.

I have no problem with publishers trying to limit the sale and use of used games.  And entering a code takes <60 seconds. Why are you in such a hurry, Teg?
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2013, 06:14:03 PM »

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 05:28:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2013, 01:09:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.

It has nothing to do with it working fine. It's the fact that you had to pay extra money if you didn't have a new copy of the game. Plus, it was annoying to have to enter a code.

I have no problem with publishers trying to limit the sale and use of used games.  And entering a code takes <60 seconds. Why are you in such a hurry, Teg?

he's got places to be man. 

anyone who thinks EA isn't going to try something else should seriously consider buying this nice bridge that just went up for sale.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2013, 06:29:49 PM »

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 05:28:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2013, 01:09:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.

It has nothing to do with it working fine. It's the fact that you had to pay extra money if you didn't have a new copy of the game. Plus, it was annoying to have to enter a code.

I have no problem with publishers trying to limit the sale and use of used games.  And entering a code takes <60 seconds. Why are you in such a hurry, Teg?

I don't buy used games, but I do trade games with other people.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 02:45:32 PM »

EA makes some online passes content free on XBLM


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Battlefield Bad Company 2's VIP Pass, Skate 3's Skate Share Pack plus Online Passes for Bulletstorm, Kingdoms of Amalur, Medal of Honor and Shift 2 Unleashed have all been cut from 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80) to nothing, NeoGAF spotted.

In-box DLC content such as Dragon Age: Origins' The Stone Prisoner and Mass Effect 2's Cerberus Network Pass (originally 1200 Points apiece) are also now free.

There's also no charge for Dragon Age 2's Black Emporium DLC, included with the game's Signature Edition, or the Xbox 360 version of American McGee's Alice, included with copies of Alice: Madness Returns (you'll still need that game's disc to play it).

Some of this in-box DLC gave access to a significant amount of extra content (the Cerberus Network Pass for Mass Effect 2 included the extra squad member Zaeed, plus new vehicle-based missions and other goodies).

But not all Online Pass content has been made free. You can still pay 800 Microsoft Points for Online Passes to more recent EA releases, such as Tiger Woods 14 and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, for example.

EA really want to lose that 'shittest company in US' title don't they?,lets hope they can keep going with the good stuff
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2013, 04:17:00 PM »

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 05:28:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2013, 01:09:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2013, 12:52:04 PM

I only played one game with the online pass (ME3) and it worked fine.

It has nothing to do with it working fine. It's the fact that you had to pay extra money if you didn't have a new copy of the game. Plus, it was annoying to have to enter a code.

I have no problem with publishers trying to limit the sale and use of used games.  And entering a code takes <60 seconds. Why are you in such a hurry, Teg?

Good for you, personally im hoping for more rights and the EU kicks in to touch the fact we cannot sell on digital purchases. We need more consumer rights not less.
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2013, 06:27:51 PM »

Well, considering that XBO has its own single-copy Steam-like system, I think we know why they dropped it.
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2013, 06:59:28 PM »

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UPDATE: EA has told Eurogamer it is in the process of eliminating Online Pass from all its existing titles.

"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," a spokesperson said. "We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.

"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."

Quote from: Turtle on May 30, 2013, 06:27:51 PM

Well, considering that XBO has its own single-copy Steam-like system, I think we know why they dropped it.

While that is true,this is still for the 360,so they did not really need to do all of the above
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« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2013, 07:02:15 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on May 30, 2013, 06:27:51 PM

Well, considering that XBO has its own single-copy Steam-like system, I think we know why they dropped it.

if that's the case then since it's for all platforms you have to wonder why they did it for the others.  XB1 and PC are obvious, Wii/Wii U isn't getting much love from them to begin with, so what about the remaining consoles?
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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2013, 10:10:37 PM »

Sony's going to have the exact same DRM of course.
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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2013, 10:56:54 PM »

It would be nice if they slashed the prices on some of the DLC too. Still wanting to get the ME2 stuff as always missed it when cheap.
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