In THQ’s upcoming shooter — Homefront will use same online pass that previous THQ game UFC 2010 used.
THQ’s online pass is a single use code that comes with all new copies of the game. People who rent or purchase the game second hand can get an online code by paying 10 bucks for it. Much like what EA is doing with their games.
There are difference between the two online passes though. If you do not get the online code from new copies of the game, and don’t purchase the code online. You will still get access to the mulitplayer portion of Homefront, but it will be limited to what players will get if they purchase the game. Players will get access to all of the maps, but the level will be capped at level five out of the total level 75.
Users will be able to play as long as their hearts desire, but will not progress past level five, or won’t get upgrades that they would get by progressing through the multiplayer and leveling up.
So if you plan on renting or buying this game used and don’t want to spend ten bucks to purchase the online pass, you better get used to staying at level five.