F1 2013 drops online pass requirement

This year's sim racer will not require customers who purchased the game preowned to pay to play online.

Codemasters has announced it will not be using an online pass for upcoming sim racer F1 2013.

In a statement to GameSpot, a Codemasters representative said "we have taken the decision not to include a VIP Pass activation system in either F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition"

"Players will not be required to activate multiplayer functionality via a VIP Pass code and we have no plans to replace the pass with an alternative paid-for activation system in the game when it launches this October.”

Codemasters added online passes to their games in 2011, although the move to charge for online play to people who purchase the game preowned has become less popular in recent months. EA, which introduced the concept, said it will now not be using it in any of their titles.

F1 2013 will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 8.

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44 comments
punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

No one thinks it's a bad idea, well apparently @fredyellowone does, but everyone else is happy about it.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Getting this on Steam... And purchased a Logitech G27.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good.  Hey, I guess you finally realized that bullshit strategy DOES NOT WORK!

I never play games online anymore, anyway.  The fun went out of that years ago. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

That is a nice move from Codemasters.. Thank you Codemasters.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Approved! I only have 2011, and I bought it new so I have a code and all, but I don't play online, so I see no reason to activate my game other than the fact it annoys me every time it boots up the game. Every time... Maybe I should just put in the code like a good little boy.


Daian
Daian

Didn't even know it required an Online Pass for second hand games. Soooo, this is good, I guess.

Ernesto Sotelo
Ernesto Sotelo

Wonder if Ford will charge the guy that I sold my car to some kind of user fee.

Hollowdimension
Hollowdimension

It doesn't matter. I wouldn't want to embarrass myself online; I can't even keep the F1 car on the track.

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

Remember when this kind of crap used to not be an issue? You could buy a game and just play it how, where and when you wanted- on or offline. I bought your game, you have my money, leave me alone. No wonder so many people turn to pirating these days.

gralvader
gralvader

Now game developers have to get rid of DLC and make proper expansions at 20USD like the good old days.

arqe
arqe

Codemaster , you guys are the best "Driving" game creators but we need another "Colin McRae Rally" not Dirt ...

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Good.  Dropping the online pass is only a good thing in most consumers' eyes.

muffin200
muffin200

I guess being seen as treating your customers worse than EA is not a good thing then. 


blackothh
blackothh

coming back from a negative trend. *thumbs up*


now if only game companys could come up with a positive trend.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

It's cuz the game will suck ass hard! GUARANTEED

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

Are these worth playing? Looking for a good F1 game, this looks mediocre.

westy_58
westy_58

Good move, glad to see the industry moving in this direction.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@matt01234 People who like to save money, and who also understand how to form a complete sentence.

mr_azim
mr_azim

@gralvader Or they should just make a complete game in one shot.  I give up on paying $80 for a game that took 6 months to complete after release.