After images of a new Resistance 3 bundle revealed a “PSN Pass” logo on the side of the box, Sony has confirmed that the pass will be present for online capabilities of Resistance 3 and other first-party games.
According to a Sony spokesperson, the program will be “game-specific,” and that, “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.” The system appears as though it will be similar to those of EA, THQ, and other developers who have created what are in essence “single access” passes for online content. It also has a tendency to activate annoyance amongst used-game purchasers.
While it is unknown what games the pass will be present on, upcoming Sony titles including Twisted Metal, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One all very well could be on the system.
It should be noted that Sony has enacted similar programs with previous titles that required the purchase of a pass to access online content, and it is no secret Sony was evaluating online passes in the past. One does have to ask themselves, is there anything Sony isn’t willing to do to completely kill it’s online community?