EA has confirmed that Syndicate, their upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter, will not be featuring the company's online pass.
Due to there being a strong focus around co-operative play within the game, EA decided that they wanted to make it as easy for players to jump online as possible. "We wanted everyone who owns a copy of the game to have access to the entire product," said EA Partners executive producer Jeff Gamon.
Despite having an internal policy to include an online pass with all its games, those falling under the EA Partners banner are exempt, with it being up to the developer. "Under normal circumstances it would have had an online pass, but because it didn't have competitive multiplayer and because we wanted as many people as possible to be playing co-op, we got away with it," continued Gamon.
Other games in the last year to escape EA's online pass were Crytek's Crysis 2 and Valve's Portal 2. Despite EA owning the Syndicate franchise, the game is being developed by Starbreeze, an independent studio.
Syndicate is due to release on the 24th of February in the UK, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. A demo was released this week which allowed gamers to try out some of the co-operative action, so be sure to download it and see for yourself how you feel about this rather different reboot of an older franchise.