Before I go any further, let’s have a quick round of applause for EA as they have just revealed in a statement to Eurogamer that Syndicate will not have an online pass. This is quite surprising news as EA has even managed to stick online pass into single player games such as Kingdoms of Amalur.
In their statement EA says that the reason for not including an online pass is to encourage gamers to play it and enjoy the title. Jeff Gamon, Executive Producer said “We want as little resistance or barriers to entry as possible. The co-op is equal billing in this. We wanted everyone who owns a copy of the game to have access to the entire product.” Notice how even the company themselves acknowledge that the online pass is a ridiculous barrier of entry for gamers and not including one is in fact a selling point.