Homefront to Use THQ Online Pass

Homefront to Use THQ Online Pass

Multiformat shooter will cap level progress for second-hand buyers unless they cough up $10.

Upcoming multiformat shooter Homefront is to make use of publisher THQ’s Online Pass in its multiplayer component.

The Online Pass is THQ’s response to increasing second-hand game sales. New copies of the game will contain a single-use code that unlocks certain content, in this case the bulk of its online multiplayer.

Without it players can still experience the multiplayer component, according to Shacknews, and will be able to play on all available maps for as long as they like, but with progress capped at level 5. Those who purchase the new game – or pay a $10 fee to THQ for their own Online Pass – can rank up to a maximum of level 75.

The news is the latest move by the industry to kick back against increasing second-hand game sales, the proceeds from which go entirely to the retailer, with neither developer nor publisher seeing a penny. EA introduced a similar initiative last year, dubbed Project Ten Dollar, and other publishers including Sega are said to be considering following suit.

Homefront is being developed by Kaos Studios and is set for release on March 8 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows, telling the story of a nuclear-armed North Korean army invading the United States. We took a look at a preview build in E221.