$10 'Rockstar Pass' coming to L.A. Noire May 17

Team Bondi's detective thriller getting add-on that takes "experience to the next level"; unclear as to what it will offer.

Publishers Electronic Arts, THQ, and possibly Sony have already made their cases against used-game sales by charging secondhand gamers $10 for access to everything in their games. And now, it appears Rockstar Games is also entering the contingency next week with its 1940's detective thriller.

According to an Xbox Live release schedule issued by the publisher, next Tuesday, May 17, Rockstar Games will release an 800 Microsoft point ($10) "L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass" on Xbox Live alongside L.A. Noire.

The description of the content notes that gamers who purchase the content will be able to take the "L.A. Noire experience to the next level." Unfortunately, further information on the matter was not available. However, a Rockstar representative told GameSpot, "We'll have more information to share about [the Rockstar Pass] pretty soon."

Is Rockstar gating off content, too?

It is unclear as to what Rockstar's Pass will offer. However, one possibility is that it will provide access to the various retailer-specific preorder content, which has been confirmed as becoming available at some point after the game is release.

L.A. Noire is due out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 17. The title follows Detective Phelps as he becomes entangled in a violent web of vice, corruption, and crime in 1940's Los Angeles. Players jump into the seedy underworld of the metropolis and are tasked with solving a series of murders in what Rockstar describes as an "open-ended challenge."

For more on the upcoming title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of L.A. Noire.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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big_smoke_666
big_smoke_666

@NYJets12 it's not only MS and Sony offering paid DLC it's the publishers of the games, the same publishers who charge for DLC on PC as well as consoles (see CoD map packs etc). It is extra content and you expect it to be free? i don't think you understand the effort and time that is put into making games and subsequently extra content, it should not be free and if anything it was the PC that started the ball rolling with expansion packs which were essentially hard copies of the DLC we have today. it's not greed, it's people trying to make a living in this world of pre owned and piracy.

NYJets12
NYJets12

PC gaming had all DLC free plus you get free mods & maps thanks to the talented community,consoles are greedy.it's gonna screw the consoles sooner or later unless the people are dumb enough to fall for this, seems like they are. If consoles [this means you sony & ms] gave free DLC you wouldn't need these pases. GREED!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

That's that then.. I was worried that this was the way things would go. I don't mind companies recouping the costs, but EA are just greedy. I'll forgive Rockstar because their games are all brilliant, but this is going to kill the trade-in market - and as a result quite a few companies too I'd imagine. Looks like I'll have to just go easier on the games I buy.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

That's that then.. I was worried that this was the way things would go. I don't mind companies recouping the costs, but EA are just greedy. I'll forgive Rockstar because their games are all brilliant, but this is going to kill the trade-in market - and as a result quite a few companies too I'd imagine. Looks like I'll have to just go easier on the games I buy.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

This doesn't affect me because I only buy new games.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Ouch. I really wanted this game. But I won't be responsible for encouraging this. Can't buy it anymore.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@xpepox That's not at all what i am saying. But as long as you bring it up, that's what is happening with the EA online pass. You pay 59.99 for a new game with an online pass worth 10 bucks. Or 49.99 for a used game... and have to buy an online pass for 10 bucks. So.. EA is trying to recoup the "used sales" cost in some way and we end up paying the same amount as if we'd bought it new. It is trying to take away consumer choice. That's why i don't like it.

xpepox
xpepox

@PixelAddict if they charged you the same fee for new games then people would buy used and that would defeat the whole purpose. so obviously that is not what is going to happen.

chadsk8r24
chadsk8r24

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chadsk8r24
chadsk8r24

@RanY2J how is not releasing a game on a PC being greedy?

wars45
wars45

what the hell so i got to buy the game then spend ten on top of that well if thats the case al just wait till the game comes down befor iget it

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

If you find it offensive to pay people for what they create, don't buy it. Vote with your dollar, but stealing doesn't make you any better than those you feel are "out to rip you off". Break the cycle, it's the only way out. Pirating doesn't "teach" anyone a lesson. It just makes you a criminal. Gaming is a HOBBY. It is not a "lifestyle", it is not an imperative for living. You don't need video games. Anyone who says they do is an addictive personality who should seek help.

deathwish026
deathwish026

i see this theme will close down alot of game stores in the future. plus people who sell there games on a market are gonna be out of buisness in no time

deathwish026
deathwish026

disgusting. developers will be able to get 70 on average for every game they sell if people keep buying it pre owned. plus it decreases the value of everyones games as people would have to pay more to use them. -5 respect rockstar

Hugomanen
Hugomanen

... All you people who openly admits you're just going to pirate the thing, besides obviously sucking, you are only making this thing worse. These companies would like to have money to pay their employees so these people can you know, eat. If you want a product, pay for it.

BloodMist
BloodMist

If this wasn't solid proof that much of the stuff released as DLC is purposefully held back, then I don't know what is.It couldn't get more obvious.

RanY2J
RanY2J

Keep ripping customers off, the piracy will slowly take you guys down, your greediness already earned you a bad name on the PC platform by not releasing titles for PC.

cube-gage
cube-gage

What happened to the good old days when games came with all the content for free? I refuse to buy DLC, I havent yet and im not gonna. Now in the case of GTA 4 and the 2 episodes I can see as kind of acceptable, although if you waited a little bit longer you could buy all 3 gta 4 games for allot less. I hate DLC.

Bortson
Bortson

If this rockstar pass is anything other than the code for free DLC that you have access to with a new game Im going to be kinda pissed. The right model is Mass Effect 2. Free code in all new games, free DLC as the bonus

drgribb
drgribb

just another reason to buy the pc game and pirate all the dlc content for free. screw these guys. send them a message. this is not okay.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Man they should word "online pass" differently. If this means episodic, like what was done with Alan Wake, then I'm interested. But calling it "online pass" just makes it sound like what EA is wanting to do with all their sport games (or maybe all of their games).

braiiiiiins
braiiiiiins

my initial impression is that this would be a way for them to do episodic releases, something like a new case to download every month. the interview with team bondi's lead guy mentioned 2 separate crime divisions that didn't end up in the retail version of the game, this might be a good way to distribute those instead of in one big lump download.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

First EA, then Sony, now Rockstar? I don't like where this "online pass" thing is going. Sure it's on used games (and the advertising BS says "included for FREE on new games!"), but how long until new games are 59.99 and then you STILL have to buy an online pass? That's what's coming. I don't like it.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

How is this forcing used gamers to buy their extra pass? It sounds like the Rockstar pass will essentially provide access to DLC. Plenty of gamers simply don't buy the DLC all the time. They better at least provide a free code for this pass for those who buy it new.

sophospeare
sophospeare

@fightingfish18 Agreed, but it won't stop unless everyone agrees not to buy that crap. And as of right now, I don't see that happening. @seancoombes Alan Wake did it. I bought my copy of it used and it still had an unredeemed DLC code. And I think the people that intend to sell it back just won't redeem the DLC either. You obviously won't have to activate it or you couldn't play it on a disconnected console, defeating the purpose of a single player game.

seancoombes
seancoombes

It's weird to see this in a game with no multiplayer aspect - if it just restricts access to DLC then I doubt anyone buying the game used will bother to pay for the pass.

dinslacck
dinslacck

i bet the $10 means we get extra cases to Noire. Or new tools for investigation or new clothes, new weapons.. and whatever you might think 'new' in the game. no one wants to pay for the content they already have. we pay for extra content only, ROCKSTAR.

Doric6
Doric6

I always buy new 90% of the time but this takes the mick, I thought rockstar would be the last to do this. If it wasn't for preowned games, games retailers would not be here now, the profit margin from preowned games is much higher than new games. If it wasn't for people buying preowned games, high street stores would no longer exist and you will all be buying your games digitally.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@fightingfish18, Yes! Thats exactly it. Which is why i no longer purchase popular franchises such as CoD, why bother getting all the map packs etc, when a new sequel waits just around the corner.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I understand but I still don't like it nor do I want it to continue.

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

@thenephariouson I wouldn't mind payign for extra content every month IF it was good content, and if the publishers would support games for more than one year. If monthly content was added, which made the game deeper and more to get from it, it'd be pretty cool to get constant new stuff. It'd simply mean investing more money in fewer games. However, this wouldn't work currently cause all they do is push out crappy over priced DLC then release a sequel a year later.

ssdd_again
ssdd_again

mannn, you used to be cool Rockstar, I can only assume the Housers have been tied to chairs and locked in a dark room in order to get this bs pushed through, Surely they wouldnt sell out like this?.. Im just grateful EA didnt get their grubby little hands on Take-Two . . .I mean it could be worse.

DeathRaiderut2k
DeathRaiderut2k

@StaticKornSlipX lol, well i thought used underwear etc was a given of things i wouldnt buy used, if i were to list every single item i wouldnt buy used gamespots website wouldnt have a database large enough to hold all that content lol, i would also like to add that i would never buy a used tooth brush either... :S lol

masterdude192
masterdude192

Meh. As long as I am not pestered to get this 10$ pack like in *cough* Halo Reach * cough* I can't care less.

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

People complain about online passes and other nonsense and they buy the game and the pass anyway. The company is milking you for more money and people are just so willing to comply. Why wouldn't every company do this?

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Oh come on Rockstar, you're better than this

kcender08
kcender08

Yep.......Rockstar is jumping the bandwagon too. I'm not surprised.

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

It stupid to have to pay for something you already paid for. With the stupid Battle code for Homefront and the Kombat Code for mortal combat, what is going on?

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@ColdfireTrilogy Shame I can't do that, it was pre ordered a wee while ago! I don't have a problem with the game just with this constant "If you want access to this, then download, if you want that, then download AGAIN?" nonsense, in order to access content that I have already paid for? Rockstar just want everybody that plays it to pay them which means, if all manufacturers do this then it will mean the end of Second hand sales or even borrowing it from a friend!? Even if you rent it, you will still need to pay this online fee to access all the content? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of renting then? I understand that many think there is no problem with this? This is what 'They' want, to confuse people by thinking they are getting more than they actually are...?

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

Come on Rockstar, be careful with what you do here. Don't spit in the faces of your fans like some other companies have. I've got this bad feeling that gaming is undergoing a slow, horrible death.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

If I know Rockstar, they won't go as far as locking something as important as online, they care for their fanbase a lot. I bet like the article says perhaps the pre-order DLCs or discounts to future DLC?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@gamingfrendly, As outlandish as that sounds, given the way the gaming industry is going it would'nt suprise at all to find Subscription based games in the future, the day this happens is the day i give up gaming. I only hope and pray that never happens.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

in the up coming years it will not shock me at all to know they will make games have a limeted duration key like in anti virus programms.

Draxargh
Draxargh

Wait, so I'll be able to enjoy the game regardless of whether I buy this "Rockstar Pass" or not?! The game is still going to be awesome. Whether you choose to participate in microtransaction business practices or not, do you think it's really going to change the core product? And why is everyone acting shocked? First off, we don't even know what it is. By the fact that it is a designer named purchase, and not a game named purchase, I think it might be something that offers cheaper add-ons/map-packs/extra items. The name sounds more of a "servic." Regardless, until I know more about it, and if it's actually "worth" it - I don't foresee myself getting it. I don't usually buy DLC, unless they're full-fledged add-ons like General Knoxx, Burning Crusade, Undead Nightmare, or extra "Shows" for You Don't Know Jack. And you'll never see me pay for an FPS "Map Pack." Valve taught me better than that... or gold colored shotguns.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Meh, if you don't like it don't buy it. I'm sure the game is still fantastic without this $10 pass for an extra hat or gun. Is it going to ruin the experience knowing absolutely nothing in the core gameplay has changed but someone else has paid $10 more for a wearable fez or some other obnoxious add on that really isn't needed? Probably not. But thats just me.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

This is the kind of thing that MS should subsidise for XBL gold members imo. With the profits that MS are constantly boasting about, you'd think they would give something back to their consumer base, which would not only show a display of gratitude, but would also give them an edge over 'other' services that would have to charge for this type of additional content. In short, very dissapointed. Whats happening to the gaming industry?? this does not bode well for the future, and imo will ultimately have a negative effect on these money grabbing corporates. So it really wouldnt suprise me to see future 'News' articles indicating massive losses for a variety of Developer houses. Greedy *******s! [Sorry for the rant, this kind of news simply infuriates me]

EvoLancer6
EvoLancer6

good, I am not going to buy now. this gaming generation disappoints me