Publishers such as EA, THQ and Warner Bros have begun to include single-use online passes with games to access online features. These passes are typically also sold as DLC, with the extra cost providing an incentive to buy games new rather than used.
With Sony, this is the first time a first-party company has required an online pass for its games.
"We are always evaluating new programmes for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass programme for PS3 games with online capabilities," Sony said in a statement.
"This programme will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this programme will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title."
Sony's statement did not mention whether online passes for Resistance 3 could be purchased for those who buy used copies of the game.
Resistance 3 will be available exclusively on PlayStation 3 from September 6 in North America and September 9 in the UK.
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Watch the Resistance 3 trailer from E3 2011 below: