An Online Pass will be
required to unlock an entire seven-quest storyline of EA's upcoming
ARPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. As well as the Mass Effect 3 tie-in armor, the single-player-only title will feature a questline,
House of Valor, whose seven missions aren't available without the
entry of a one-time code. Second-hand players will be required to buy
an as-yet-unpriced Online Pass to access the content.
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EA calls the locked content
a “free bonus” that will be available free-of-charge for buyers
of new copies, or digital downloaders playing the game via services
such as Steam or Origin. While Online Passes which block multiplayer features to discourage
second-hand buyers are nothing new, the addition of single-player
content behind a one-use code is a new rubicon for the industry's
passive-aggressive war on second-hand games. Do you think this is
fair play, or a troubling sign of things to come?