EA have ditched online activation for multiplayer games.
Previously, all games that can be played online could only be done so once the user entered the Online Pass that shipped with the game. The code can only be used once, so if a game was purchased second-hand, gamers would have to purchase a new code.
However, EA’s John Reseburg, speaking to VentureBeat, has confirmed the codes are going.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature. Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format.
We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
Based on these comments, it would appear to confirm that games such as FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 won’t come with the online activation codes.