Hoping to take your copy of Mortal Kombat online when it launches next month? Then you should probably make sure you’re purchasing a new copy of the game, otherwise you may end up having to fork over some extra dough. According to Joystiq, they’ve received an e-mail from a tipster that looks to be intended for retailers, detailing an ‘online pass’ system, similar to that in which other publishers have started to use.
According to an excerpt from the e-mail (seen below) you’ll be granted a one time code with the purchase of a new copy, but if that code has already been used, you’ll have to purchase a new one from XBL/PSN.
Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game. Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network.
This also brings up the question of whether or not Warner Brothers will do this for any other games they’re publishing, such as Fear 3 and Batman: Arkham City. Keep this in your rumor folder for now but it certainly seems probable.
**UPDATE** The official MK Twitter has confirmed that Mortal Kombat will be using an online pass.