A dust-up over 38 Studios' Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning locking on-disc content behind an "online pass" system has raised the ire of some gamers – which in turn has brought studio founder and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling out of the woodwork to defend the plan.
The Online Pass Code was found in early copies of the game sent to reviewers and leaked onto the Internet. When fans found out they took to the official forums to complain about it.
The text that came with the review copies of the game reads:
"Online pass gives you access to the House of Valor faction quest, featuring seven additional single-player quests."
It then offers steps to take in order to activate the additional on-disc content.
After a rather lengthy forum thread assailed 38 Studios, Curt Schilling decided to jump in and strongly defend their decision:
"DAY 1 DLC, to be extremely and VIVIDLY clear, is FREE, 100% totally FREE, to anyone that buys a new copy of Reckoning, ANYONE. If you don't buy new games you buy them used, and in that case you will have to pay for the Day 1 free DLC content the new copy buyers got for free.
It's clear the intent right? To promote early adopters and MUCH MORE IMPORTANT TO ME, REWARD fans and gamers who commit to us with their time and money when it benefits the company… This is not 38 trying to take more of your money, or EA in this case, this is us REWARDING people for HELPING US! If you disagree due to methodology, ok, but that is our intent… companies are still trying to figure out how to receive dollars spent on games they make, when they are bought. Is that wrong? if so please tell me how.."