EA Sports to charge for multiplayer

Written by Joe Martin

May 11, 2010 | 10:49

Tags: #dlc #drm #fifa #pre-owned #preowned #second-hand #tiger-woods

Companies: #ea-sports #electronic-arts

Electronic Arts has announced that it will begin charging pre-owned users for access to the multiplayer portions of some games as part of the next stage of Project Ten Dollar.

Put simply, if you buy the game new then you'll have full access to the content and will not have to pay for multiplayer - but if you buy a pre-owned or second hand copy then you will have to pay $10 USD to play online.

This new step in Project Ten Dollar only affects some EA Sports titles at the moment and the feature is being called 'Online Pass'. The first game to make use of it will be Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, though EA says all Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of their EA Sports games will use it after that.

Customers who buy the game new will get a code with the game that they register to an account. Second hand customers will have to pay $10 USD to get a new code, though a seven day free multiplayer trial will be offered to all second hand users. Pirates will supposedly be blocked completely.

EA's Project Ten Dollar also blocks pre-owned users from accessing some free DLC and extra content, as has been the case with Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. Buy those games new and you'll get some free extras, such as the Zaeed character on Mass Effect 2's Cerberus Network. Pre-owned gamers can still play and finish the game, but they do so without that content.

EA’s intention to lead the industry’s move toward digital has been well documented," said EA's Peter Moore on his blog. "As we think about our commitment to creating value for consumers through digital services at EA Sports specifically, we’ve launched a number of new online features and products that are transforming the sports gaming experience."

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