Saints Row: The Third requires online pass for co-op and Horde play

Journalists have confirmed that Saints Row: The Third will utilize an online pass system, restricting online play to the game's original purchasers and those who shell out for a fresh key. Though Volition has removed competitive online play from the title, the pass will still be required to access mission elements specifically designed for co-op, as well as the game's Horde – ahem, Whored – mode.

Above: Without a pass, you'll be all on your own trying to figure out what's going on here. Which sucks, because we could use a hand

You'll be able to pick up SR3, online pass and all, this time next week. Probably by now you already have strong feelings about the issue of gated online play, whether those feelings are “I don't like online passes because I support second-hand sales,” “I love this idea because I work for a major publisher,” or “stop talking about this already, where are the game trailers?” So here's a recent advert for the game: feel free to imagine the clip's victims as either online pass sellers or people who complain about the feature, depending on your leanings.


  • sebastian-mifsud - May 16, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    i have complained to all the known e-mail addresses for THQ and had no results, so i have had to resort to using my contact details from games journalism and gone direct to the marketing people for THQ uk, i doubt ill hear any thing, but i am beyond angry on this as i say no competitive play makes it even more of an insult, i have asked THQ to make a public apology and to stand against on line passes on future lol!!!!
  • sebastian-mifsud - May 16, 2012 5:54 a.m.

    This is not just wrong it should be illegal. I thought EA games where bad doing this with Battlefield BC2 and Battlefield 3 and EA sports games. This needs to stop as it it terrorism on the second hand market and we should be able to sell games if we chose to as they are expensive. Secondly even if there is a on line pass it should be per ISP account or IP address/console/consoles as me and my wife both play the game why should we both have to pay for a pass this makes it even worse. some allow per console, but how is this any good when you have more than one xbox. The industry consistently justifies the inflated unit price with the quality of the product. As we not getting a full game, and often the online element is up to 50%, we can argue that a new unit price for games like Battlefield 3 should be £25 rather than £45. With regards to Saint Row the 3rd an argument that can not be countered with any logic is there is not even any competitive play so therefore charging for it is a absolute disgrace.
  • MetaSyke - November 10, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    I'm okay with this. Youre not being harmed by not having co-op (there are no co-op achievies), and it makes the developers think they'll be cutting down on second hand sales.
  • FoxdenRacing - November 9, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Preorder, cancelled. A guaranteed buy has become a guaranteed used or a 'pass'...not the 'give them a tenner' kind, but the 'no thanks' kind.
  • samsneeze - November 9, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    So what you're saying is, you cancelled your [b]preorder[/b] because the game comes with a code that goes to only first party buyers? Is that what you meant? I hope not, because that's pretty stupid. I'm against online pass plays, myself, but your reasoning for and actions against them are pretty silly.
  • inkyspot - November 9, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    You are correct. :)
  • mattdark - November 9, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Doesnt bother me so much. I was already picking it up new for the Professor Genki stuff, so I wont really be affected, just another code to enter.
  • TruckThunders - November 8, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Either way, it will be fun.
  • Robx - November 8, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    oh come on! f*cking online passes just causes more trouble and issues...

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