Way back in December we reported that David Jaffe, director of the upcoming Twisted Metal reboot, did not want the game to include an online pass. Jaffe's concern: the negativity associated with online passes could slow the game's adoption rate. Be that as it may, the decision ultimately falls on Sony, the game's publisher. Not surprisingly, Sony has indeed chosen to include an online pass withTwisted Metal.
Online passes lock away portions of a game's content (in this case, multiplayer) from people who buy the game used - unless they shell out again for a pass. The practice helps publishers recoup profits from used game sales, which typically (read: always) benefit only retailers and not the makers themselves. On the plus side, the first printing of Twisted Metal also comes with a free voucher for Twisted Metal Black, so there really is a lot of incentive to buy new in this case.
What do you guys think? Were you planning to buy Twisted Metal new anyway?
Twisted Metal hits the Playstation 3 on February 14, 2012. It will feature split-screen and online campaign co-op for two players.