No Tomb Raider online pass, demo

Crystal Dynamics confirms upcoming action game will not force secondhand players to pay for online access; no prerelease demo to avoid spoiling story.

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Crystal Dynamics global brand director Karl Stewart has confirmed that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will not feature a Season Pass or an Online Pass.

Season Pass initiatives, whereby players pay up front for expansion content to be released over the course of months, have become commonplace of late. Prices for season passes range from Halo 4's $25 War Games pass to Call of Duty: Black Ops II's $50 Season Pass.

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Online Passes, like those included with Uncharted 3 and Homefront, force secondhand players to pay a fee--typically $10--for access to the game's online component.

In addition, Stewart announced that the company has no plans to release a demo for Tomb Raider. "We don't want to spoil the story," he said.

Tomb Raider is due out March 5, 2013, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the first entry in the series to feature a multiplayer component. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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