F.E.A.R. 3 gets a story video and an Online Pass

Get ready to visit Alma, as F.E.A.R. 3 edges ever-closer to release. Today, we have a brand new Story trailer for the game, featuring Ms. Wade and her two sons, Point Man and Paxton Fettel. We’ve also dug up some information which suggests that publishers Warner Bros. will be implementing an “online pass” token for the game, which must be redeemed before playing online.

First things first though, here’s the new trailer, which aims to set the scene for F.E.A.R. 3, illustrating the relationship between the members of this unusual family.

Now, this “online pass” arrangement. From the looks of things, it will be similar to the system used by EA and THQ, designed to prevent the sale of used games. (Well, it’s designed to profit from the sale of used games, which is a similar result.)

The new model is set to kick in with the impending release of Mortal Kombat when it’s released mid-next month. The box will contain a token that must be redeemed before playing online – and any subsequent owners of the game will also have to purchase (and redeem) their own tokens. A new pass will cost 800 MS Points for Xbox 360, or US$10 for PS3, and – like the EA design – gamers will be given a free two-day “trial period” before being asked for a code or prompted to buy a new pass.

[img_big]center,4,2011-02-14/FEAR3_Fettel_single_levitatearmacham.jpg,Paxton Fettel shows off his skillz[/img_big]

From the looks of things, this will be a bit of a stealth move – WBIE haven’t said anything publicly about the decision, and no reference to the scheme appears on the game’s packaging. All information at this point has come from retailers, who have been briefed on the pass prior to the launch of Mortal Kombat.

We have contacted WBIE for clarification, and will keep you updated.

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