Battlefield 3 will have Electronic Arts' EA Online Pass, which is a one time code that allows people to play online for free. Otherwise, a $10 fee is charged for the privilege.
DICE executive producer Patrick Bach told BF3, stating, "I'm not sure I want to call our system an Online Pass. The whole idea is that we're paying for servers. If you create a new account there is a big process on how that is being handled in the backend. We would rather have you buy a new game than a used game because buying a used game is only a cost to us; we don't get a single dime from a used game, but we still need to create server space and everything for you."that Electronic Arts would "probably" impose the online pass on
Sounds like a pretty justification for charging consumers for buying used copies, doesn't it? All it means is fewer people will play BF3, which means less people will buy Battlefield 4.