THQ’s Online Pass system will be used by Homefront
THQ, the developer of American guerrilla shooter game Homefront, has announced that it will incorporate its Online Pass multiplayer system into Homefront. Online Pass allows users to access online gaming features only once through the use of a code. THQ has included the Online Pass code in all new copies of games that ship with this feature. This program incentivizes gamers to buy legitimate copies of the game software in contrast to cracked or pirate copies. Users normally get a copy of the Online Pass through the free code that ships with new games or in existing code from purchased used games. Electronic Arts has a similar program.
Users who don’t have an online pass can still play Homefront online but on a very limited basis since they can only progress up to a five levels out of the full 75 levels the game provides. The good news is that you can play Homefront online for as long as you want as long as you don’t get past level 5. Since online pass only impacts the online play features of Homefront, the single player version is unaffected.
As of this posting, there’s still no word regarding any secret modes or unlocked items in Homefront. Homefront is scheduled to be released in March 2011 and is being developed for the PS3 and XBOX 360 platforms. There’s also a PC version scheduled for release at a later date.