THQ offering Fan Axxess to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

Publisher's new DLC initiative intros one-time $10 fee for "select" add-ons to wrestling sim on 360, PS3.

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In August, THQ announced that it would be taking a cue from Electronic Arts' Online Pass initiative by charging used-game purchasers for access to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011's online modes. That won't be the only experimental element of THQ's WWE strategy this year, as the publisher has also announced a new way in which gamers can access downloadable content for the wrestling sim.

Fan Axxess won't require gamers to circumvent a chain-link fence…full of robust men.
Fan Axxess won't require gamers to circumvent a chain-link fence…full of robust men.

The program is called Fan Axxess, and it allows purchasers of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 to gain access to "select" DLC released throughout the life span of the game for a one-time cost of $10 (800 Microsoft points). Fan Axxess is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game, and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will also see release on the PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii on October 26.

Fan Axxess will begin this holiday season with the release of the wrestling sim's first add-on. Included in the pack will be playable wrestlers, such as WWE Legends British Bulldog and Lex Luger; WWE Superstars Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Justin Gabriel; and WWE Diva Layla. Also included will be alternate ring gear for Shawn Michaels and Shad, as well as the WWE NXT arena. Those who do not purchase Fan Axxess can pick up the content for $7 (560 MSP).

In early 2011, THQ will release the game's second add-on pack, which includes alternate gear for John Cena, Undertaker, and CM Punk, as well as an additional WCW arena. The pack will be free for Fan Axxess purchasers and sold individually for $3 (240 MSP).

Fan Axxess purchasers will also gain access to the WWE Superstar Attribute Customizer ($1 sold separately) and direct access to more than 60 unlockable items, ranging from playable wrestlers to arenas and ring gear ($1 each sold separately). THQ did not provide a date for when these items would be made available, however.

For more on WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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