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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:35

Battlefield 3 likely to have online pass

Written by David Stellmack
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Still yet to be officially confirmed by EA
Rumors are still circling that DICE and Electronic Arts have opted to include an online pass code with Battlefield 3 that will be required to gain access to online play. This, as with previous EA titles using the online pass code, will require purchasers that do not have the code to purchase an access from the Xbox Marketplace or the Sony PlayStation Store to gain access to the multiplayer parts of the game.

If the online pass code is the route that DICE and EA elect to go, we suspect that this will only be for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Sources tell us that it is highly doubtful that DICE and EA would use the online pass code with the PC version of the game.

Currently, this has yet to be confirmed by either DICE or EA, but recent statements by Patrick Bach do seem to suggest that they are leaning in this direction. Expect DICE and EA to issue a public statement soon on what their intentions are with regard to the Battlefield 3 online pass strategy or lack thereof.


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-3 #1 Harry Lloyd 2011-08-03 12:02
No surprise there. I actually fully understand this idea, and to be honest it is a good one. For developers, buying a used copy is just like downloading a pirated version, they do not get any money in either case.

Fighting piracy with DRM is futile, but fighting the used games market with online passes is a very bright idea. That, and first day DLC.


And lol to the news author - the PC version must have an online pass in the form of a serial number, just like with pretty much every PC multiplayer game. You cannot sell the game if you use the key to play multiplayer, unless you sell your account as well, which is illegal.
 
 
-5 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-08-03 12:36
They shouldn't get any money, its not their game to "resell". Does a car dealer get any money when you resell your car? Does any retailer get any money from a product that a consumer previously purchased and resold...Nope!! This is about piracy plain-and-simple! They tried to cover it up by "used game sales". It makes PC gamers "feel better" and like pirates aren't the reason, but only a fool would believe that! :D They also pulled this game from Steam because of all Steam's B$! So it won't be on that either. Steam is f*kd up and was dropped for the very reasons that I was talking about.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/311900/battlefield-3-wont-be-on-steam-reveals-retailer/
 
 
+1 #3 Sodomy 2011-08-03 12:47
@warrior:

Steams BS? you mean not letting EA get special treatment? treating every dev/publisher the same. sound like the right call. don't worry origin will fail, and everything will go back onto steam.
 
 
-4 #4 Warrior24_7 2011-08-03 13:06
Quoting Sodomy:
@warrior:

Steams BS? you mean not letting EA get special treatment? treating every dev/publisher the same. sound like the right call. don't worry origin will fail, and everything will go back onto steam.


It went on to suggest that publishers were warming to EA's service. "Given Steam's dominance - and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application - publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative,". Yep! "INSISTENCE" on users downloading the client. You can't play the game unless you do it. They also "told" EA that ALL of their DLC will HAVE to go thru Steam, thats what started all of this B$!! EA said F*k you, I say f*k you! Thank you EA for standing up for the gamer. Steam is a joke.
 
 
-1 #5 BroHamBone 2011-08-03 14:39
Quoting Sodomy:
don't worry origin will fail, and everything will go back onto steam.


Have you even download origin? Probably not. It is in a beta stage. Origin looks promising. Only for EA games only. Then, if they make a choice to "be like steam" and expand to other games, steam will have competition.
 
 
-1 #6 123s 2011-08-03 14:53
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
No surprise there. I actually fully understand this idea, and to be honest it is a good one.
So you really think its a good idea that a company tells you what to do with the game after you purchased it for 50 bucks ?

How about the copy getting deactivated after 1 year so you have to buy it again ? Shit...I hope nobody from EA is reading this...
 
 
-1 #7 BroHamBone 2011-08-03 15:11
Quoting 123s:
So you really think its a good idea that a company tells you what to do with the game after you purchased it for 50 bucks ?

How about the copy getting deactivated after 1 year so you have to buy it again ? Shit...I hope nobody from EA is reading this...


That is a nice theory you have came up with all by yourself. I have no clue how this information came about. What company has deactivated there game after 1 year?
 
 
0 #8 sevenstrung 2011-08-03 15:32
Quoting 123s:
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
No surprise there. I actually fully understand this idea, and to be honest it is a good one.
So you really think its a good idea that a company tells you what to do with the game after you purchased it for 50 bucks ?

How about the copy getting deactivated after 1 year so you have to buy it again ? Shit...I hope nobody from EA is reading this...



they aren't telling you what to do with your game, they are insuring more sales buy not letting used copies get thrown around. i agree with the developers on this one, although is unfortunate for us broke gamers, but if your a pc gamer, used games were never an option anyway, so, meh.
 
 
0 #9 sevenstrung 2011-08-03 15:34
Quoting sevenstrung:
Quoting 123s:
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
No surprise there. I actually fully understand this idea, and to be honest it is a good one.
So you really think its a good idea that a company tells you what to do with the game after you purchased it for 50 bucks ?

...



they aren't telling you what to do with your game, they are insuring more sales buy not letting used copies get thrown around. i agree with the developers on this one, although is unfortunate for us broke gamers, but if your a pc gamer, used games were never an option anyway, so, meh.



.
 
 
+1 #10 bardenck 2011-08-03 15:38
Quoting 123s:
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
No surprise there. I actually fully understand this idea, and to be honest it is a good one.
So you really think its a good idea that a company tells you what to do with the game after you purchased it for 50 bucks ?

How about the copy getting deactivated after 1 year so you have to buy it again ? Shit...I hope nobody from EA is reading this...



Selling games is how they make money..this way to makes sure that someone who wants the game must buy it from them ....not gamestop! Would you rather devs go bankrupt and stop making games completely?
 

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