EA Confirms, Syndicate will not ship with an Online Pass

EA, breaking a habit of what seems like a lifetime, has today announced that its upcoming title Syndicate will not be hindered by an online pass. EA Partners executive producer Jeff Gamon stated that Starbreeze’s reboot would ship without an online pass, in the hopes of lowering the barrier of entry for the game’s multiplayer side.

“We want as little resistance or barriers to entry as possible,” Gamon said. “The co-op is equal billing in this. We wanted everyone who owns a copy of the game to have access to the entire product.” It’s policy for EA to include an online pass in all of its games but it is very interesting to see them changing it up a little.

“Under normal circumstances it would have had an online pass, but because it didn’t have competitive multiplayer and because we wanted as many people as possible to be playing co-op, we got away with it,” Gamon added. “Maybe another reason for not having the Online Pass is we were confident in the scope of the online game.” Throughout the nine multiplayer maps, he says players can expect “a good six, seven hours” on a single play through. “That and the single-player campaign means hopefully we won’t see much in the way of early second hand sales and rentals,” Gamon concluded.

So, will the lack of an online pass make Syndicate a more entice buy? Please share your thoughts.


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