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In an age where online passes lock out online multiplayer and single-player content, EA Sports' upcoming snowboard title SSX does something different.
According to an EA spokesperson, SSX will allow you to play and compete in both online game modes, Explore and Global Events without a pass. However, any credits you earn in Global Events will not be awarded to players without an Online Pass. The credits will be stored, meaning that you can use the Online Pass whenever you choose to have them awarded. These credits can be used for a variety of things, including purchasing additional gear for your character and participating in event drops across both Explore and Global Events.
SSX will be out on February 28. Below is EA's statement on SSX's online pass sent to Game Informer:
As you know, all EA Sports games for the Xbox 360 and PS3 have included a game-specific EA Sports Online Pass since June 2010. This is a one-time use registration code with each unit sold new at retail that allows access to online services and features, as well as bonus game content. Once activated, additional passes will be available for $10. Thus, all new copies of SSX will include a code for Online Pass. EA Sports has made a significant investment to offer immersive online services and features. We want to reserve these online services for people who pay EA to access them. In SSX, players without an Online Pass are able to compete and play in both of SSX's online game modes, Explore and Global Events with no restrictions. In Global Events, the top finishers from each event are awarded with in-game credits. These in-game credits earned during play will not be awarded to the player if they do not have an Online Pass; these credits will be stored so that at any time, if a player redeems an Online Pass code, all the credits that they had previously earned in Global Events will be immediately awarded to them.
Economy balance makes it possible to unlock all available content and allows you to participate in all event drops across both Explore and Global Events, with credits earned solely in Explore.