You had to see this one coming.
After it was confirmed that Mass Effect 3 would feature multiplayer for the first time in the franchise, I think we all figured EA would implement the Online Pass program.
And so they did. A press release from EA has made it clear that if you want to sample an online feature in BioWare's upcoming gem, you're going to have to pick up a new copy. If you purchase the game used, you'll have to pay extra; we assume it'll cost the standard $10. Here's the excerpt in question:
"The Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War feature can be activated via the Online Pass code found in every new copy of Mass Effect 3. The Mass Effect 3 Online Pass can also be purchased separately on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system."
Yeah, not surprising. And maybe it wouldn't have mattered if ME3 had multiplayer; Warner Bros. instituted a $10 charge for Catwoman content in the offline Batman: Arkham City , right? Publishers are really working to destroy the incentive to buy pre-owned, which has created plenty of controversy and backlash.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3