One trend that is sweeping the world at the moment is the notion of online pass systems when it comes to playing video games online. Electronic Arts has been on that bandwagon for a while now, with THQ leaping aboard also – and now we’ve learned that Sony will be joining them.
A spokesperson explains:
This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title. This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.
At this stage, we don’t know what other games will be included in Sony‘s new endeavour, but it’s fairly safe to assume that Resistance 3 will not be alone. The company hasn’t shed any light on how the process will work, either.
Business models adopted by both EA and THQ see new games shipped with one-time codes that must be entered to access online components. Used copies of the game obviously do not contain the code, so the second-hand gamer must then buy a new one in order to play the game online with friends. It’s believed that Sony will follow a similar path.