Electronic Arts recently announced that their future games will no longer incorporate the much loathed online pass. It seems now that existing online passes are available to gamers for free. Going through their past library of games, EA is allowing existing gamers who purchased the games used or are borrowing them from friends to get into the online action at no additional cost. This discount is currently only available on Xbox 360 but will be heading to other systems shortly. Additionally, it’s worth noting that American McGee’s Alice download for Madness Returns is also available at no cost. EA released a statement regarding this move:
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. 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.