It has been a long time coming and we are glad that Sony has officially announced they are getting rid of the Online Pass Program from the first-party games on Playstation 4.
A very extensive FAQ section on PlayStation Blog has tried to attend to as many queries as possible and one of them has refuted the existence of Online Passes on PlayStation 4 titles.
To the question about whether any PS4 titles use an Online Pass or not, the FAQ sections answer reads:
First-party titles on PS4 (titles developed by Sony Computer Entertainment) will not use an Online Pass program. When it comes to third-party titles, PlayStation won’t dictate the strategy of publishers concerning Online Pass programs.
Though the post reads “most third parties have phased out the use of Online Pass systems, so they’re unlikely to appear on PS4,” we still have certain apprehensions. Ubisoft is one example, they are still using their online passes that they call Uplay Passports and only yesterday we had reported how they locked away content on Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag with it.
Other major publishers have shunning the practice to a greater level.
PlayStation 4 will come out on November 15 in North America and in Europe on November 29.
Source: PlayStation Blog