news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Battlefield 3 to 'Probably' Ship with an Online Pass Feature


A growing number of titles have started using online passes as a way to fight the used game market. This way of locking out out players of certain features - normally online modes - allows the developer/publisher to gain revenue that they would normally lose without an online pass feature. DICE has unofficially announced that their upcoming military shooter, Battlefield 3, will utilize an online pass feature, but not for the reasons you may think.

While talking to Gamerzines, the developer stated, "The whole idea is that we're paying for servers. And 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. We want people to at least pay us something to create this because we're paying for it. It was actually a loss for us to have new players."

Most people have reacted the same way I have; not upset but worrisome that gamers on the fence between MW3 and BF3 will not go to Activision's title because they can grab it used and obtain full multiplayer features. DICE assured their community that it is not punishment, but "compensation" for server costs.

What do you think? Will you still be purchasing Battlefield 3 even if it ships with an online pass feature? Let us know by commenting below.

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