EA’s project $10 has spawned a monster. With Sony, it was Resistance 3 first, and now, Uncharted’s impeccable legacy will forever be tarnished because of online passes.
Sony’s Spanish Software Manager Juan Jiménez confirmed the pass inclusion via an interview with The Vault (note: Spanish language). Despite offering a Subway promotion where players can currently access all of the multiplayer for free, in the retail version, used buyers or renters will be socked with a $10 fee if they choose to play online.
Jimenez claims the issue is with piracy, a weak excuse at best, although pirates leeching off bandwidth is an issue, is it widely scaled enough to necessitate an online pass? Doesn’t Blu-ray hamper those efforts enough? If pirated software is available, why is Sony not banning those users immediately? Why is the legit consumer the one who pays the price?
Reasons aside, passes are here to stay, and if you’re sick of them, vote with your wallet.