EA and THQ have done it, so why not Warner Bros.?
To combat the sale of used games – from which publishers see no profit – the aforementioned companies have instituted the Online Pass, which encourages a gamer to purchase a title new. Buying it used will force you to purchase an Online Pass for an additional $10, so therefore, you're not really saving much of anything by going the pre-owned route.
And now, another publisher appears to be taking that approach: it's Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which says Mortal Kombat will ship on April 19 with an "online pass" token that must be redeemed before playing online. And if it's true, you can expect Batman: Arkham City and F.E.A.R. 3 to receive the same treatment. The interesting part is that WBIE apparently has no intention of telling anyone; this information comes courtesy of a Joystiq tipster , who included details in an e-mail:
"Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game. Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network."
It seems WBIE only wanted retailers to know, and weren't about to inform consumers. Maybe they jut assume it's expected in this day and age, but we imagine some buyers might be surprised…
Related Game(s): Mortal Kombat