It was going around the internet the other day when someone spotted something peculiar on the Resistance 3 packaging. It was a little emblem that showed something called a PSN Pass, which was speculated to be just like what third party developers have been doing for the last year. Making used game owners pay 10 bucks to play online.
Well Sony has come out today and confirmed that yes they are in fact making a PSN Pass which will be used on “select games” which will require users to either buy the game new, or pay 10 bucks to play the game online if you rent, borrow, or buy the game used, which kind of sucks if you ask me.
“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities. This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title. This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”
While third party publishers have been doing this for some time, mainly EA, THQ and Warner Bros. this marks the first time a major first party company is instituting something like this. Which will probably catch on with others and this will become a norm for games in the future which really sucks. Why should gamers have to pay 10 bucks just to gain access to a part of the game?