The PSN Pass — which emerged as part of a boxart leak yesterday — is very similar to the type of system employed by EA, Warner Bros and other third-party publishers. Sony's employed the use of online passes in PSP titles, but Resistance 3 will be the first PS3 game to take advantage of the initiative.
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, an SCEE statement published by VG247 reads.
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.
Excuse us for not feeling totally offended by this principle. We can see both sides of the argument, but as folks that purchase most of our content with a sealed wrapper, online codes do little to irritate us. On the consumer side, assuming you stay savvy — and we have to imagine Sony will be very clear with the messaging of this initiative — it shouldn't cause too many issues.