DICE: Battlefield 3 Will Likely Feature EA's Online Pass

According to Battlefield 3 developer DICE, the upcoming wartime shooter will most likely feature publisher EA's Online Pass.

The game’s executive producer Patrick Bach, in an interview with Gamerzines stated that he isn't sure if you should call it an "Online Pass" though;
“I don’t think it’s an online pass, I think it’s our own backend. I’m not sure I want to call our system an online pass.”

When asked if EA was demanding second-hand copy buyers to pay to play online, Bach said: “I think we are.”
Bach stated that such a system would go towards help paying for the game's servers and their upkeep.
“The whole idea is that we’re paying for servers and if you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend,” said Bach.

“We want people to at least pay us something to create this because we’re paying for it. It was actually a loss for us to have new players.

“Hopefully people understand why. It’s not to punish people. To us it’s compensation.”
Battlefield 3 is out in October for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.