Dirt 3 online toll set at $10 for secondhand users

Codemasters confirms multiplayer-enabling onetime-use VIP Pass comes with new copies of off-road racer, used games require $10 code.

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The Online Pass initiative spearheaded by Electronic Arts has gained a new follower. It was first reported by Eurogamer, and now Codemasters has confirmed for GameSpot that it will be including a onetime-use download code with new copies of its upcoming off-road rally racer Dirt 3 that activates the game's online modes.

In addition to unlocking Dirt 3's multiplayer offerings, the code--known as a VIP Pass--delivers access to five bonus vehicles. These extra rides include the McRae M4, the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, and the Hummer H3.

Dirt 3's online modes won't be part of the used-game purchase.
Dirt 3's online modes won't be part of the used-game purchase.

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers who pick up a secondhand version of Dirt 3 can purchase a VIP Pass for 800 Microsoft points, or $10 in the US, £6.29 in the UK, and €7.99 in Europe. The pay wall is similar to that erected by a number of publishers beyond EA, including THQ and Sony. Ubisoft has expressed interest in the scheme.

For more on Dirt 3 in advance of its launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this week, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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