Sony might have already done this on the PSP with SOCOM and ModNation Racers, but this, as far as we know, is the first time they’ve done it for a PlayStation 3 game: apparently White Knight Chronicles 2 requires a Geonet subscription, and although there’s one in the box when you buy it new, this won’t be the case with pre-owned copies, assuming the code has been used, of course.
According to a moderator on GAF, the license for Geonet, which is required to play online with the game, will be tied to a single PSN account, and anyone else that wants to play the game online (which is the whole point, really) will need to buy another unlock code from the PSN. It’s worth mentioning that this might just be the Japanese version, and the local release might not be so locked down.
It’s also worth noting that we’ve not seen the current box for the game, so cannot verify this information. Still, if true, this is Sony following in the footsteps of EA, Ubisoft, SEGA and everyone else that, financially at least, need to put a dent in the pre-owned market.
Update: relevant part of the box-art added above. Note that this is portion of the ‘dummy’ box and may not reflect the final game.