More Publishers Looking To Charge For Online Play
Now that Electronic Arts has announced their Online Pass program for their large stable of titles, where you must pay $10 to play online if you bought the game used, other publisher may be devising similar programs.
EA's is clearly designed to get a little money back for building and maintaining their entire online EA Sports infrastructure, and because they - like most publishers - hate the fact that they never see a dime of profit from used game sales. And according to Explicit Gamer, both THQ and Ubisoft may be next on the list to charge online fees. This is evidenced by details for the upcoming UFC Undisputed 2010; if you buy it new, go ahead and play online for free as always. But if you buy it used, there will be a $5 fee:
"...multiplayer content for UFC Undisputed 2010 will be available via a one-time code included with the game at purchase. Codes for accessing the content will be available for second-time buyers for an additional $5. Details for acquiring the codes and how this will work will be available via the UFC community site."
This is following a simple paragraph outlining what the online experience will be like, not a paragraph talking about special DLC or something like that. Furthermore, Ubisoft says they are currently "looking very carefully at what is being done by EA regarding what we call the '$10 solution,' and we will probably follow that line at sometime in the future." This was a statement by Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez, so it seems almost inevitable that most major publishers will do something similar to EA's Online Pass program. Okay, Activision, how's about you...?
5/22/2010 10:33:01 AM Ben Dutka