Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

March 29, 2011 -

According to a report on Joystiq, Warner Bros. may be joining THQ and EA in offering codes for online play in its latest Mortal Kombat game. Citing an anonymous tipster who forwarded an email from WB to retailers, Joystiq claims that the company wants to charge used game buyers an additional fee for getting online. A new pass will supposedly cost 800 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360 and $10 for PS3. From the alleged WB email:

 

"Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game. Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network."

Warner Bros. did not respond to the Joystiq report and has not confirmed the validity of the email or the story. For now, it should be considered a rumor.

Source: Joystiq


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Re: Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

I don't even rent games that have an online pass. If I can't get what's on the disc when I get the disc, I just don't play it.

Re: Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

They're charging an extra 800 MS points to access the MS servers that host all online Xbox services that people already pay $60 a year to access, just to play one particular game on it? All because they think they're special in the sense that they shouldn't have to compete with a second hand market like every other business that produces a product? Get real. They have been saying over and over and over, ad nauseam, that their games are a "product" as opposed to a service. Now they get indignant about it because people are buying second hand like any other product. Pathetic. They don't have the right to supress the right of first sale on anyone just because they feel like they should get money every time the game changes hands. Maybe electronics manufacturers should get upset at pawn shops and try to supress them from selling their products too?

"You can buy this MP3 player from the pawn shop, but you'll have to pay another $20 to download music on to it! Having the ability to use all functions of the product is just our way to reward our real customers. (It has nothing to do with trying to screw over those that don't buy it from us)"

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Re: Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

God dammit Warner Brothers I hope this isn't true.

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Re: Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

So if I buy the used game, I'll be punished by actually HAVING to add money to my PSN wallet and spend it on getting to play online if I choose instead of spending it on DLC or other games.

 

 

Re: Report: WB Moving Towards 'Online Pass Code' Scheme

I really hope this is false. I'm getting mine new, anyway, but I don't personally believe in the online pass. I still think EA is going under for even starting it.

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