with all the power efficiency and speed improvements from the newer technology the server maintenance costs must be going through the roof!!While most of us already know that it's a way for publishers and developers to generate revenue from the used games sector (because, after all, they get absolutely nothing from second-hand sales), Kertz said the Online Pass revenue also helps pay for the cost of keeping multiplayer servers up and running.
You have no idea about the current costs of running a server. Every year the cost of running a server goes down. Cheaper Hardware, Faster, Cheaper internet connections. It doesn't cost that much money to run a server.sigh you people are pathetic, it makes perfect sense, why should that person be able to play online without having to contribute to the running and maintenance of the game? Data space doesnt come cheap, i for one dont see anything wrong with this, the amount of data being pushed abck and fourth from the servers per player alone over the life of the game would be a lot more for such a bif title, live with it or fuck off and get a job.