EA Confirms Discontinuation of Online Passes
According to Polygon, EA senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, has said:
[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass, it is dead.
This was confirmed after Microsoft announced their U-turn on many Xbox One DRM features. Although this coincided with the removal of several promising features (such as online game sharing), the move is still seen as a big step in the right direction. Due to the removal of DRM, many gamers feared that EA would be reinstating their Online Pass (a code needed to play games online, found in games like Fifa, Mass Effect and Battlefield 3), but thankfully this is not the case.
The removal of online passes has already begun with older games, which was made due to player feedback about the system.