EA announced not too long ago plans to drop their much-hated Online Pass system. Since then, however, some eagle-eyed individuals have spotted content for already-released games available as free downloads, when said content were previously locked behind an Online Pass. These games included Medal of Honor, Mass Effect 2, and Dragon Age II.
In total, players can download Online Passes for ten of EA's previous releases at a reduced price or no extra cost. This change was first pointed out by the NeoGAF community, and for a time, no one knew if this was intentional or a glitch.
EA has since responded, confirming the free Online Passes are intentional. Seems the publisher is making them free retroactively for at least some existing games. So far, the price cuts/removals have been spotted only on Xbox LIVE, but other platforms will be receiving the same treatment in the coming weeks.
Here's a statement from EA's John Reseburg:
As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well. We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether. Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online.
These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.
Anyway, here are those ten games we mentioned: