EA: Buy Battlefield 3 Used, Pay To Get Into Online Action
You already know about the EA Online Pass program so maybe this won't come as any surprise.
According to what DICE executive producer Patrick Bach told GamerZines, EA will "probably" implement an online pass of sorts for Battlefield 3. Bach didn't give any specifics, but he did say that those who buy the upcoming shooter used will have to pay a fee if they wish to play online. Said Bach:
"I'm not sure I want to call our system an Online Pass. The whole idea is that we're paying for servers. If you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend. We would rather have you buy a new game than a used game because buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don't get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you."
This is something we've mentioned several times - nothing comes free in this world - but it's a very sensitive issue amongst gamers. As Bach put it- "We want people to at least pay us something to create this because we're paying for it." In other words, it's not a punishment and it's not money-grubbing corporate BS; it's "compensation."
This debate has reached ridiculous levels before; we'd suggest keeping things civil, as nothing good ever comes from such arguments.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3
8/1/2011 8:33:58 PM Ben Dutka