When Microsoft initially announced the Xbox One’s DRM policies, everyone assumed that they were the reason that EA dropped their online pass program. When Sony announced that they weren’t introducing any new DRM on the PlayStation 4, EA stuck to their guns and called online passes “flat out dumb.” After Microsoft’s shocking policy reversal on Xbox One DRM yesterday (so soon after E3, at least), EA insists that the program will remain dead.
“[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg told Polygon yesterday. “It is dead.”
“As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well. Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change,” Reseburg concluded.
It’s great to see EA sticking to these particular guns. Wouldn’t want to look like a flip-flopper, after all!