*Update 5/30: Honoring statements of eliminating the online code, EA has begun the process of eliminating the online pass code requirements from existing titles! That’s right folks! EA has officially begun the transition!

Direct from EA’s help forum:

Do I still need an Online Pass to play multiplayer games online?
For new EA titles, Online Pass will no longer be needed or included.  Additionally, we are in the process of eliminating Online Pass requirements from existing EA games.  This process will take several weeks.  For some games, the prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear; for others, you will still need to download and install an Online Pass, but they will be available free of charge from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace or PlayStation Store.

When will specific games have their Online Pass turned off?
The latest releases of EA SPORTS games are the first. Over the next several weeks, Online Pass will either be removed completely, or will be available for free in the PlayStation Store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Please note that our advisers will not be able to provide you an Online Pass code before that game’s pass requirements are disabled.  We appreciate your patience.

* Update included above: EA has discounted the prices of the Online pass DLC content for several titles on the  Xbox 360, these  titles are:

  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIP
  • Bulletstorm Online Pass
  • Dragon Age: Origins – The Stone Prisoner DLC
  • Dragon Age 2: The Black Emporium DLC
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass
  • Mass Effect 2 Cerberus Network
  • Medal of Honor Online Pass
  • Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Online Pass
  • Skate 3 Skate Share Pack

This price cut seems only to be Xbox 360 exclusive while the prices on the PlayStation Network  remain unchanged.  EA did announce earlier this month that they are discontinuing their Online Pass program that would ship access codes for online features in new games.

A spokesperson for EA did provide the following statement about the discounts:

“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well. We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether. Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”  

Source: Polygon Updated Article Source: EA Forum

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