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January 7, 2011

THQ’s Homefront will use online pass

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by Darren Allan

Following in the footsteps of EA, THQ is to continue to use the online pass code system which it introduced with UFC 2010.

According to Shacknews, upcoming FPS Homefront will use the system. The pass code is a key which is used by the buyer to access the online play.

This means that if the game is sold on, the second hand buyer can’t access the full online mode, as they don’t have a key to redeem. They can play up to level 5, which is just a taster – although that’s more generous than EA, which blocks any access.

However, if Homefront players want to reach the dizzy heights of level 75, then they’ll need to purchase a new pass code for $10.

Essentially, this is a weapon against the pre-owned games market, ensuring that the company can squeeze a bit more money out of players if the title is sold on.

Homefront is due out on March 11th.

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3 Comments »
  1. Ok fair play to fight against copy right but as a customer I sumtimes buy second hand if I not 100 percent about the game so how will they get round that. GAME sell second hand games so how will they get round that ok so you will only have to pay just under a Tenner for a code but what’s the point buying second hand then as some preowned titles are still £30+ so add on the fee of there pass and your back at the rrp of £40. Just another way of shafting the customer

    Comment by simon — January 8, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  2. What happens with rented games? Lovefilm or Gamefly…

    I hope rented discs will come with a code to access the online games!

    Comment by Nathan Payne — January 8, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  3. They have no idea what this is going to cause , I personaly buy secondhand games as buying a new game exceeds 40 quid .its a lot to fork out and now gaming compainers doing this is wrong , maybe to stop copyright but you cant recylce the games anymore. pathitic

    Comment by jsck — January 8, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

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