Earlier this week, Sony revealed that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception would utilize an Online Pass for multiplayer play, just as Resistance 3 did last month. Curious to see if this was a trend that would be continuing for future releases, Destructoid reached out to Sony and was told, fairly bluntly, that the "Online Pass will be incorporated into Uncharted 3 and future Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) games with online functionality." This confirms that Sony would, from here on out, require gamers to type in a password before they jump into online games. Because there's nothing more fun than typing in a 12-digit long code before starting a new game, right?
There are a number of PS3 games that might be influenced by this decision coming out in the near future. This year there’s Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, which is due out this month and puts an emphasis on cooperative play. Going into next year, two of Sony’s biggest releases, Starhawk and Twisted Metal, are both due out within the first few months, and both focus completely on online multiplayer over the PlayStation Network. In other words, they're totally going to require a PSN Pass.
Like it or not, the trend of including Online Passes seems to be growing. EA has been pushing them in just about every multiplayer game it published for the past two years, and THQ has started to do the same since UFC Undisputed 2011 was released. Sony is the first console maker to actually jump on the bandwagon, though, if it’s successful, we’d be shocked if Microsoft didn’t do something similar with copies of Halo or Gears of War in the future. It might be an inconvenience that hurts customers who purchase games used, but it certainly does its job of pushing gamers towards picking up new releases, instead of waiting for someone to trade it in. So... success?
Oct 3, 2011