Starting with Resistance 3 this September, Sony will be officially using a special “PSN Pass” to allow gamers to play online. Codes to access the online component of games will be included in new copies of the title. As we should know by now, having seen both EA and THQ do much the same thing in the last year, if you purchase the title used, it’s highly likely you will need to purchase the code to play online. Here’s what Sony had to say when this was officially announced today:
“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities. This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title. This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”
So, starting with Resistance 3, this code will be required to play online. What big first-party title is coming up after that? You guessed it, Uncharted 3. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’ll need one of these snazzy new “PSN Pass” codes to play that online after launch, as well. If you plan on picking it up new, this isn’t really an issue, but if you want to lend the game to a friend or purchase it used for cheap, you might want to reconsider your options.