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Rage's online pass detailed

Just about every major release this year is going to have some sort of weapon in-hand to battle used game sales, from locking out online multiplayer to keeping game modes blocked behind a pay wall. Comparatively, id’s upcoming Rage features an online pass that is remarkable light. In fact, they claim that it’s such a small feature that there’s a good chance most players won’t even know it exists.

Throughout the barren wastelands of Rage, players will occasionally come across sewer hatches. To those who purchased the game used, these grates will appear to be simple bits of detail among other bits of detail in the game’s massive world. Those who buy the game new, however, will be able to download an update that lets them delve into the hatches, finding even more content lying in wait.

Rage’s creative director Tim Willits believes that most people never even see them. “I can tell you, some people will buy Rage, download that, and still never set foot in those things. They just won't. I think that's fair. It's cool. It's outside the main path. We're not detracting from anything. But I know some consumers, when you can't avoid it, then you get a little touchy subject."

It’s a strange way of handling the online pass, but it’s likely the least offensive way we’ve seen so far. That it’s off the beaten path makes it so the game won’t rub it in the player’s face at all times - something that can hamstring the experience of those who want to rent or buy used games. One of the biggest arguments in favor of the second-hand market is that it helps build the brand and the franchise, and mocking players who buy used can backfire if developers handle first-hand DLC poorly. We hope moving forward we’ll see more handling it like this, and fewer pretending like buying a used game is a crime against the industry.

Source: Eurogamer

Aug 15, 2011

10 comments

  • EricM - February 29, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    As someone who just got c**k slapped in the face with not one, but two online passes, I can tell you that what Rage did is nothing in comparison. It still, however, is bad. If they want to make profits of off used games, start taking legal action against retailers. Threaten them by telling them they won't let them distribute there games. Tell them they will just start shipping the games straight to the consumer.
  • RedOutlive10 - August 16, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    The biggest problem is opening a precedent for more locked content in the future and soon enough if you don't buy the game new you will only be able to play the first 10 minutes, nobody will own what they buy, they only have a permit to play.
  • Spybreak8 - August 16, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    I like it, I mean it doesn't interfere and it's an add-on for the people that helped out buying the game new. Now discounting DLC for NEW bought copies should be the next step taken.
  • angelusdlion - August 16, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    @kage>> Um.. dude, some of us just plain don't have the budget for new games. Around were I am they're almost 70 bucks with tax. So please shut up.
  • Kage_No_Shi - August 16, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    @ParagonT - Oh yeah, you're a super loyal fan if you rent or purchase this game used >_> I don't like online passes and whatnot (Even though I buy most of my games new, PC games in particular of course), but at least this one is the sort of thing most people wouldn't even notice. I bet if people never heard of this news, and if an achievement/trophy wasn't tied to these areas a lot of people wouldn't even notice, as they said.
  • ParagonT - August 16, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    So let me get this straight... If I purchase or rent this game, I will be denied an "unspecified" amount of content from the full game? If this was so little of a thing as they say, then it's pointless, but their point is to persuade consumers to buy the game in full. Nice try, but I'm going to pass on this one, their trying to pull a fast one on everyone. It will be worse than first thought, and by that time... too late. I can live without this game, this is just the first step in Bethesda to cross to the dark side like EA. For the good of the company to NOT **** over it's loyal fans, I'll not be buying this.... EVER.
  • Baron164 - August 15, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    I'm more interested in how can people who buy this used can gain access to this content and how deep does this content go. I'm more for the Bad Company or Mass Effect kind of VIP codes where they just give you extra digital content for buying new. I can get behind that. But when they lock out things on the disk whether it be multiplayer or single player content that's when I get annoyed. I guess I prefer the carrot mentality to the stick. I like being rewarded for buying new, not punished for buying used.
  • Turboash - August 15, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    "remarkabLY light" Also... cool.
  • Manguy17 - August 15, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    It seems you have not entered a VIP code, VIP status gives you access to extra content, would you like to enter a VIP now? * No, do not show this message again* *play game* It seems you have not entered a VIP code, VIP status gives you access to extra content, would you like to enter a VIP now? * No, do not show this message again* *play game* It seems you have not entered a VIP code, VIP status gives you access to extra content, would you like to enter a VIP now? * No, do not show this message again* *play game* Herp Derp
  • jackthemenace - August 15, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Wel, I was planning on buying it new no matter what, but this doesn't exactly sway my decision. I don't quite get what it IS... Is it supposed to be like the underground from Pokemon DPPt, with multiplayer capabilities? Or is it just additional dungeons?

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