Rumor: Mortal Kombat may require “online pass” to play

Warner Bros. may be borrowing a page from EA and THQ’s moneymaking playbook by monetizing off the sale of used games by requiring an “online pass” for second hand owners of Mortal Kombat to play online.

The original owners of Mortal Kombat will include an “online pass” token that must be redeemed before playing online. WB will be providing retailers with details on the pass and how to purchase a new one if you’re buying a used copy of the game. No reference of this pass has been mentioned in the game’s packaging. The pass will cost 800 Microsoft Points or $10.

According to Joystiq,

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.

Evidently, WB also intends to implement the same system for F.E.A.R. 3 and Batman: Arkham City.

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