EA is getting rid of their online pass program. Newly released and future EA games no longer require the online pass, and passes for the older games are starting to be removed. The statement confirms that these updates are going to take place over “the next several weeks.”
“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well. We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether. Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”
– Statement to Eurogamer.
This is a really good news for gamers as those who don’t have access to an online pass for a used game copy can now finally enjoy online features. EA is going to remove this feature from more and more of its games in future so keep an eye out for your favorite EA title.