Previously outed by a South African retailer, EA has now formally confirmed that Mass Effect 3‘s recently unveiled online component would make use of an online pass.
Packed in with all new copies of the sci-fi RPG, the one time use code gives access to the Galaxy at War system. If you pick up the game used and want to play online, you’ll have to buy the code separately. For the usual tenner, most likely.
The online component got a nice four-minute video introduction just yesterday. Watch it here.