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Friday, 07 January 2011 09:46

THQ to continue to follow EA’s lead

Written by David Stellmack
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Homefront next title to use online pass
The upcoming release of Homefront developed by Kaos Studios and to be published by THQ will be the next title from the publisher to restrict online access through the use of THQ’s online pass that is only included with the purchase of a new copy of the game.

This marks the second release from THQ that will use its online pass strategy, following the lead of rival publisher Electronic Arts (who has been using the strategy for almost a year). The first title from THQ to use the online pass strategy was the release of UFC 2010, but many felt that the poor sales of the title made it difficult for the publisher to determine the actual impact the online pass (included with new purchases of the title) had on sales.

What is interesting is that apparently not all of the online experience will be unavailable without the online pass. Instead, players without the online pass will be able to access at least some of the online features, but it will be “a capped experience” without the $10 online pass. The capped experience is said to include all of the multiplayer maps, but players will not be able to pass beyond level 5 out of the 75 levels of experience.

While it is our understanding that both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of Homefront will use the online pass program, it is unclear whether or not the PC version will. It would be interesting to see if the online pass makes that much of a difference on the PC platform where used game sales are not as much of a problem, but piracy is more the issue. The online pass could be helpful for THQ to deal with some of the piracy issues.

So far, the early buzz on Homefront has been very positive; and despite comparisons to both Call of Duty and Battlefield, the title seems to hold up pretty well. We will have to wait and see if the decision to use the online pass strategy impacts sales when the title finally makes its way to release later this year.


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+4 #1 hybry 2011-01-07 10:19
Wait, what?

So they want me to pay standard price for the game and then pay some more if I want to play it?

That is just stoopid. Probably a I game I will pass..
 
 
+2 #2 AndreiD 2011-01-07 10:50
Quoting hybry:
Wait, what?

So they want me to pay standard price for the game and then pay some more if I want to play it?

That is just stoopid. Probably a I game I will pass..



Well, Homefront's story is that Korea united and had the military power to invade America. Just by watching the trailer you can understand that the game will be s$%t.
 
 
+5 #3 PainPig 2011-01-07 10:56
Quoting hybry:
Wait, what?

So they want me to pay standard price for the game and then pay some more if I want to play it?

That is just stoopid. Probably a I game I will pass..

You should pay attention to what you read before you speak. The $10 if those that buy used copies, DOH!
 
 
-2 #4 Shadow187 2011-01-07 11:42
Quote:
...to restrict online access through the use of THQ’s online pass that is only included with the purchase of a new copy of the game.


Quote:
...but it will be “a capped experience” without the $10 online pass




What?
 
 
+3 #5 EVOXSNES 2011-01-07 12:18
Quoting Shadow187:
Quote:
...to restrict online access through the use of THQ’s online pass that is only included with the purchase of a new copy of the game.


Quote:
...but it will be “a capped experience” without the $10 online pass




What?


... What?
 
 
+2 #6 markso125 2011-01-08 07:12
Quoting Shadow187:
...to restrict online access through the use of THQ’s online pass that is only included with the purchase of a new copy of the game.


Quote:
...but it will be “a capped experience” without the $10 online pass




What?

Uhh why dont you quit speed reading and post the whole sentence before you jump to conclusions..

Here let me post it for you

players without the online pass will be able to access at least some of the online features, but it will be “a capped experience” without the $10 online pass."
 
 
-3 #7 Super XP 2011-01-09 19:06
This is wonderful news, we should repay their kindness by “NOT BUYING” their games Anymore... And when they are at the brink of Bankruptcy, and they finally take their head out of there airs, only then will be continue to buy games from them.

Do we have a deal?
 
 
+5 #8 markso125 2011-01-09 22:00
Apparently some of us still dont understand this. Here ill make it easier for you.
When you buy the game new it comes with a code. With that code you have full access to all of the multiplayer stuff, this code can only be used once and it stays with your profile.
Now if you buy a used game, rent a game, or even pirate a game you can still play multiplayer with everyone else. You just cant go over level 5.....
So if you guys sit and think about this it is really good, it will drop the price on the used console games down because you have to pay the $10 to play all the stuff. So if you are buying it for the singleplayer you just got a game $10 cheaper. Now for the guys that pirate their copy, they only have to spend $10 to play the multiplayer legit, with everyone else.
 
 
0 #9 enjoi.adrian 2011-01-10 08:17
Quoting hybry:
That is just stoopid. Probably a I game I will pass..



this hurt my brain..
 

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