Rumour: WB To Utilise ‘Online Pass’ For Mortal Kombat?

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.

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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.

Source: Joystiq

**UPDATE** The official MK Twitter has confirmed that Mortal Kombat will be using an online pass.

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43 Comments

  1. I understand the whole background to the online passes even if i disagree with them.

    My issue is that my son and i both have PS3’s and used to always share games but the online passes make this more expensive, so i tend to just skip most of the games that use them :(

  2. It is very short sighted to charge like this. There have been many occasions where I’ve picked up a dirt cheap old game and ended up loving it so much that I’ve bought a sequel or another game from the same dev brand new. That’s a sale of the new game that they wouldn’t have made if the pre-owned wasn’t there in the first place.
    I can’t see them making much from these online passes and I don’t get the impression they expect to, it seems to be just there to kill off pre-owned. But I don’t see that resulting in increased sales of new games, certainly not compared the sales from my scenario above

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