Although an Online Pass is still in effect for SSX and all EA Sports games, those without the online pass will still be able to play and compete online. The online portion of the game will be completely open to all without gameplay restrictions.
The only caveat is that those who have an online pass will be able to win in-game credits if they finish well in Global Events. Those without an online pass won’t be able to get these credits right away. Rather, they will be stored for the player and unlocked once the player purchases an online pass (if they so desire).
EA to Game Informer:
Economy balance makes it possible to unlock all available content and allows you to participate in all event drops across both Explore and Global Events, with credits earned solely in Explore.
SSX releases February 28, 2012 (NA) and March 2 (EU) for PS3 and 360.
EA has confirmed that Syndicate will not use an Online Pass at all.
Jeff Gamon, EA Partners executive producer to Eurogamer:
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.
All EA games are expected to require an Online Pass in order to restrict used copies from accessing the online multiplayer but since this is an EA Partners title, the rules are a little different and the reins are a bit looser.
Since Syndicate doesn’t have competitive multiplayer and EA Partners is managing the title, it doesn’t require an Online Pass. EA producers want “as many people as possible playing co-op.”
Gamon also mentions that they are confident in the online portion of the game and takes time to mention a few things about it. There are Nine maps to play online, which altogether provides around six to seven hours of playthrough content on normal. In order to upgrade and progress your character, however, you’ll have to spend a good amount of time working through the maps again.
Robust multiplayer content along with the single-player offerings will serve to discourage early secondhand sales and rentals, Gamon hopes.
Syndicate releases February 21, 2012 (NA) and February 24 (EU) for PC, PS3 and 360.
This is great news for people who may have been boycotting EA based on their Online Pass system. Now I’m actually planning on buying both of these games!
Used, that is.