According to the fine fellows at Joystiq, through an email obtained through one of their sources it seems that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) may very well be falling in line with the recent trend of having an “online pass” and will do so starting with their upcoming brawler Mortal Kombat. This means that starting on April 19th when MK hits store shelves buyers will receive a token that will allow them to unlock the online component of the game. Once redeemed, it’s gone. If the title is traded in and re-sold, the purchaser will have the option of purchasing the key from their retailer, or through their prospective console’s online service ( Xbox Live, PSN) for 10 bucks.
Here’s the catch though, according Joystiq’s source WBIE has no plans of making any mention of the pass or token on the game’s actual packaging. And instead will educate retailers about selling it to prospective buyers in-store. If all goes to plan with MK, we can expect the same treatment for WBIE’s other big upcoming titles F.E.A.R 3 and Batman: Arkham City (Although no one is sure how multiplayer will be put into Batman). As if you didn’t have to deal with enough badgering when you enter a Gamestop, now you will have to listen to them trying to sell you something that should be part of the game to begin with (presuming that you’re buying it used of course). Below is a quote from the email sent out to retailers.
Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game. Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network.