Thursday, May 20, 2010

THQ Becomes Second Game Developer To Charge for Playing Used Games Online

According to sports gaming blog Pastapadre video game producer and the makers of the popular UFC Undisputed series, THQ is playing on implementing a $5 charge for playing used games online.

THQ's UFC Undisputed 2010, due out next Tuesday, May 25th, will come with a one-time-use code on the back of the game's instruction manual, and players will need to type in the code if they want to play the game online. Similar to an activation code for your OS the code will be a one time use type deal. Once the code is used and registered to a user it will be none transferable. Meaning if you buy UFC 2010 used or rent it, you'll need to purchase a new code from the Xbox Live Marketplace or the PlayStation Store in order to play the full online version.

Gaming site Destructoid received the following official statement from THQ regarding online play in UFC Undisputed 2010:

THQ is delivering a truly unmatched online gaming experience for fans of UFC and across all fighting games in general. The main enhancement of UFC Undisputed 2010’s premium online content is the new “Fight Camp Mode” in which players can assemble ranks of up to 40 people and train together. This is a significant value-add to the game as players can continually improve their skills by training with their friends and bringing teams of MMA specialists together.

This multiplayer content for UFC Undisputed 2010 will be available via a one-time code included with the game at purchase. Codes for accessing the content will be available for second-time buyers for an additional $5.

Details for acquiring the codes and how this will work will be available via the UFC community site.

Keep your eyes on the UFC Undisputed community site for further details.

THQ is the second major game developer to confirm a fee for second hand games. Earlier this month we reported that starting with July's release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 EA would begin charging users $10 for using used games for online play.

Unfortunately it looks like the EA plan might be snowballing. Several gaming sites believe its only a matter of time before other major game developers enact similar programs. Ubisoft is already reportedly milling plans to implement a program similar to those announced by THQ and EA and with major gaming houses such as these already jumping on-board I'm sure its only a matter of time before more join in.

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