'Mass Effect' and 'Dragon Age' top the list of affected games.
Recently, EA promised to end its Online Pass program citing a lack of response. The possibility remains of course that EA's move may have been motivated by the new next-gen DRM schemes. Regardless of that possibility, it seems now that EA is retroactively eliminating online passes by offering the related content for free on a number of titles.
Examples of such content for which the price has now plummeted to zero include the VIP pass for 'Battlefield Bad Company 2,' the Skate share pack for 'Skate 3' as well as online passes for 'Bulletstorm,' 'Kingdoms of Amular,' 'Medal of Honor,' and 'Shift 2 Unleashed.' Likewise, the Cerberus Network pass for 'Mass Effect 2,' the Stone Prisoner content for 'Dragon Age: Origins,' and the Black Emporium DLC for 'Dragon Age 2' can now be downloaded without cost.
Without an official announcement from EA regarding this content and with some recent game like 'Tiger Woods 14' and 'Army of Two: Devil's Cartel' sporting paid online passes, anyone interested in this content is advised to get it while its available, lest EA make another unannounced change.
Author: Brian Hoss