Online Kombatants Will Need a Pass to Play

March 30, 2011Written by Cameron Teague

The fight against used game sales has claimed another kombatant to the cause of publishers and developers as Warner Bros. looks to be joining the likes of THQ and EA in their fight against game stores like Gamestop. With Warner Bros. coming on board with online passes that means games like Mortal Kombat, Fear 3, and Batman: Arkham City (should it have multiplayer) will all feature codes to play online.

An email from Warner Bros. to retailers referencing registration codes for online play in the upcoming Mortal Kombat has surfaced giving way to this rumor. For those who haven’t kept up with things, this means if you buy used, expect to pay an extra $10 to play against your friends online.

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.

For those of you that buy new, this won’t make a difference, but for those who plan to buy this used later, how are you feeling right now?