One of the most prevalent and controversial trends in the gaming industry is the act of publishers requiring an online pass to use a game’s online features. EA does it, THQ does it and now, if an email uncovered by Joystiq is to be believed, Warner Bros is about to be the next to jump on the bandwagon.
Reportedly, the website received an e-mail that Warner Bros sent to retailers stating that its upcoming Mortal Kombat game (releasing April 19) will require a “one-time-use registration code” for player’s to use the game’s online features. Reportedly, the game’s box or marketing materials don’t mention the code at all. The code will come free with new copies of the game, those who get it used will get a free two day trial and then have to pony up $9.99 or 800 MS points on PSN and Xbox Live respectively.
Warner Bros upcoming Batman: Arkham City and F.E.A.R 3 are also rumored to require the pass.