EA is Getting Rid of Online Passes

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EA is Getting Rid of Online Passes
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EA was one of the first publishers to implement the Online Pass (a one-use code required for online play) but now they are doing away with them.

EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to VentureBeat in an e-mail. "None of our new EA titles will include that feature."

The reason? Reseburg claims it was because of consumer feedback, "Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn't respond to the format," Reseburg said. "We've listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward."

Does it not matter because games in the future will inevitably have always online DRM? Is this just a PR move by EA to rise consumer faith? Do you think EA is on the right track?

What do you ultimately think about EA's decision?

EA Has Secured a Multi-Year Exclusive License to Make Star Wars Games

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EA Has Secured a Multi-Year Exclusive License to Make Star Wars Games
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EA studios DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will both make new games in the popular sci-fi franchise, and BioWare (Star Wars: The Old Republic) will "continue" to work on Star Wars games.

"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe," said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau in a statement. "Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."

In summary, Disney shuts down LucasArts and then licenses out the franchise to EA. You can read the press release here.

What Do You Think of the Deal?

The Sims 4 Will Be Released in 2014

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The Sims 4 Will Be Released in 2014
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The game will be available on both PC and Mac and will allow both online and OFFLINE play.