Sony has made PSN pass official. It will be launched with Resistance 3, the PS3 exclusive game in September.
In a statement to Eurogames, Sony made it clear that PSN Pass will grant full online access to participating games.
“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, Sony said.
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.
What does this statement imply? That there will be only a single code for the original copy and people will have to pay for full online access.
Sony joins other gaming companies like EA, THQ, Codemasters and Warner, all of which have implemented an Online Pass scheme.
Sony has tried the PSN pass on previous games like SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 which came with a registration code that cost $20 to purchase from the PlayStation Store.
Analysts feel that this will harm the future of the game industry. In an economy where game prices are already high, a password safe game would mean restricting an already pressured market.
Games are a luxury item in anybody’s kitty and with the prospect of no discount over trade-ins, the sales will surely dip.The traditional game shops will be losing a whole lot of custom.