You already know about the EA Online Pass program so maybe this won't come as any surprise.
According to what DICE executive producer Patrick Bach told GamerZines , EA will "probably" implement an online pass of sorts for Battlefield 3 . Bach didn't give any specifics, but he did say that those who buy the upcoming shooter used will have to pay a fee if they wish to play online. Said Bach:
"I'm not sure I want to call our system an Online Pass. The whole idea is that we're paying for servers. If you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend. We would rather have you buy a new game than a used game because buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don't get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you."
This is something we've mentioned several times – nothing comes free in this world – but it's a very sensitive issue amongst gamers. As Bach put it- "We want people to at least pay us something to create this because we're paying for it." In other words, it's not a punishment and it's not money-grubbing corporate BS; it's "compensation."
This debate has reached ridiculous levels before; we'd suggest keeping things civil, as nothing good ever comes from such arguments.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3