GT: EA discontinues older online passes too.

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#1 Posted by darkspineslayer (20122 posts) -
http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/53283/eas-current-online-passes-are-going-free So not only are they getting rid of the online pass from future games, they are phasing it out of older games by making the pass free to download. Not that I'm one to take EA's claim they are listening to the customers at face value...but I'm not sure what they would achieve through this. Were they not as big of a money maker as they hoped, meaning an insignificant amount were buying used, or were people buying used just not interested in tacked on online. They want to bitch about lack of continuing revenue streams, yet discontinue ones they already have in place? What do you think, System Wars?
#2 Posted by RR360DD (12296 posts) -
Is that online passes only on 360 or on PS3 too?
#3 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (7594 posts) -
Does anybody even play the older EA games online?
#4 Posted by darkspineslayer (20122 posts) -
Is that online passes only on 360 or on PS3 too?RR360DD
They havn't been discounted yet on PS3, but should be according to what I read. My understanding of it anyways.
#5 Posted by SolidTy (45078 posts) -

http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/53283/eas-current-online-passes-are-going-free So not only are they getting rid of the online pass from future games, they are phasing it out of older games by making the pass free to download. Not that I'm one to take EA's claim they are listening to the customers at face value...but I'm not sure what they would achieve through this. Were they not as big of a money maker as they hoped, meaning an insignificant amount were buying used, or were people buying used just not interested in tacked on online. They want to bitch about lack of continuing revenue streams, yet discontinue ones they already have in place? What do you think, System Wars?darkspineslayer

I heard about this weeks ago, I think.

They dimished their online community, which in turn hurt the Madden and other sports brands. They didn't like used games, but realize they were hurting their sales and brand ultimately.

Definitely good news in light of recent anti consumer policies being attempted by other companies.

This may be the best E3 we have had in five years.

#6 Posted by Jack-Burton (2303 posts) -
Does anybody even play the older EA games online?PurpleMan5000
But online passes for single player games were usually day one DLC so that will be free DA:O Golem character, Or Alice Madness returns came with the original game.
#7 Posted by bobbetybob (19296 posts) -
Does anybody even play the older EA games online?PurpleMan5000
Judging by that list, probably not, Skate 3 is the only one I can imagine anyone bothering to go online with these days (to play with friends anyway). Seems like they're removing online passes for newer games too though so that's nice for anyone getting those.
#8 Posted by KillzoneSnake (1761 posts) -

EA has found out offline passes are the future.

#9 Posted by zeroyaoi (1934 posts) -
They don't need it anymore.
#10 Posted by darkspineslayer (20122 posts) -
They don't need it anymore.zeroyaoi
What do they hope to accomplish though?
#11 Posted by lowkey254 (5904 posts) -

EA has now moved to offline passes. You can play online for free but the campaign and single player modes will now require a pass code, or $15 to unlock those modes. :D

#12 Posted by Blabadon (27622 posts) -
[QUOTE="PurpleMan5000"]Does anybody even play the older EA games online?Jack-Burton
But online passes for single player games were usually day one DLC so that will be free DA:O Golem character, Or Alice Madness returns came with the original game.

Oh sweet, my Shale code expired before I got to use her anyways.
#13 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6736 posts) -
Now I can play all of those great EA online games over the past 3 years!!!! Oh wait :(
#14 Posted by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

[QUOTE="darkspineslayer"]http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/53283/eas-current-online-passes-are-going-free So not only are they getting rid of the online pass from future games, they are phasing it out of older games by making the pass free to download. Not that I'm one to take EA's claim they are listening to the customers at face value...but I'm not sure what they would achieve through this. Were they not as big of a money maker as they hoped, meaning an insignificant amount were buying used, or were people buying used just not interested in tacked on online. They want to bitch about lack of continuing revenue streams, yet discontinue ones they already have in place? What do you think, System Wars?SolidTy

I heard about this weeks ago, I think.

They dimished their online community, which in turn hurt the Madden and other sports brands. They didn't like used games, but realize they were hurting their sales and brand ultimately.

Definitely good news in light of recent anti consumer policies being attempted by other companies.

This may be the best E3 we have had in five years.

That's a pretty good analysis. 

I would also add - for the foreseeable future, how many online passes were they ever going to sell for these older games? My guess would be very few. So this isn't really a generous move so much as a calculated damage control move. 

Eliminating the need for passes for these older games might be perceived as generosity. Like Liquid is saying, this is probably to patch up any damage done to the brand. 

#15 Posted by SolidTy (45078 posts) -

[QUOTE="SolidTy"]

[QUOTE="darkspineslayer"]http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/53283/eas-current-online-passes-are-going-free So not only are they getting rid of the online pass from future games, they are phasing it out of older games by making the pass free to download. Not that I'm one to take EA's claim they are listening to the customers at face value...but I'm not sure what they would achieve through this. Were they not as big of a money maker as they hoped, meaning an insignificant amount were buying used, or were people buying used just not interested in tacked on online. They want to bitch about lack of continuing revenue streams, yet discontinue ones they already have in place? What do you think, System Wars?psymon100

I heard about this weeks ago, I think.

They dimished their online community, which in turn hurt the Madden and other sports brands. They didn't like used games, but realize they were hurting their sales and brand ultimately.

Definitely good news in light of recent anti consumer policies being attempted by other companies.

This may be the best E3 we have had in five years.

That's a pretty good analysis. 

I would also add - for the foreseeable future, how many online passes were they ever going to sell for these older games? My guess would be very few. So this isn't really a generous move so much as a calculated damage control move. 

Eliminating the need for passes for these older games might be perceived as generosity. Like Liquid is saying, this is probably to patch up any damage done to the brand. 

^ :P *Thumbs Up*