While Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo seem to be on the same page about messing with used games on their new systems, publishers are still being non-committal about how they will approach used games sales in this new generation. In the past some have tried everything from always-on DRM to online passes and even forcing customers to use software clients in order to play their games.
EA has already said that it will not use online passes again as a way to combat used game sales, but it hasn't been keen to share what – if anything – it plans to do about used games in the future.
But EA is certainly not alone in its lack of a public policy on the subject. IGN has done its best to try to get some answers from some of the industry's biggest publishers but nailing them down on that subject is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.
When asked Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told IGN that they didn't have any announcements to make on the topic. He did however point out Activision's history on the subject – or the lack thereof. Activision has not put restrictions on used games in the past.
Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing Tony Key told IGN that his company is still trying to parse what platform holders said about the subject during E3, adding only that Ubisoft planned to tread carefully before making any decision. Ubisoft is one of those companies that has tinkered in the past with DRM in both its console and PC titles.
Finally, Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines told IGN that his company is still trying to figure out what to do with used games in the context of what Sony and Microsoft said at E3.
Ultimately it sounds like publishers are going to have a lot of meetings with both Sony and Microsoft before they make a decision one way or the other. Microsoft's 180 on used games on the Xbox One will certainly have an effect on their future decision making…