Rockstar Preparing "Rockstar Pass" for L.A. Noire

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Rockstar Preparing "Rockstar Pass" for L.A. Noire

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Take-Two's first foray into participating in used sales could come packed with L.A. Noire.

Fairly recently, publishers such as EA and THQ have implemented a method of earning funds from the massive used games market generally referred to as "Project $10" or "Online Pass." The initiative inserts single-use codes into new games that allow customers to play online or access other features. These codes are made available at $10 for those that buy the game used. Take-Two said it had plans to do something similar, which may begin with Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire.

The latest Xbox Live Newsbeat press email mentions the L.A. Noire "Rockstar Pass" that will launch on May 17 alongside the game. It'll cost 800 Microsoft Points, i.e. the Project $10 price point.

Rockstar hasn't spoken up on what the Rockstar Pass is yet, only saying that it'll "take your L.A. Noire experience to the next level. More details are reportedly coming soon.

My best guess is that the Rockstar Pass will at least enable access to the host of bonus content Rockstar split six ways for the game's launch depending on where L.A. Noire was pre-ordered. This includes exclusive missions and outfits. Rockstar has said that the content would be available for purchase, yet using the Rockstar Pass for it would seem to negate the whole exclusive pre-order bonus thing.

Otherwise, the Rockstar Pass would probably give access to the early rounds of L.A. Noire DLC content, almost certainly already in development. Take-Two might be testing the Project $10/Online Pass waters with L.A. Noire to see how it could work out with another big title rumored to potentially be announced sometime this year called Grand Theft Auto V.

While we wait until May 17 to find out what this Rockstar Pass business is all about, why not watch L.A. Noire's launch trailer here?

Source: Joystiq

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What IS the Rockstar Pass? For now... it's a mystery.
From the way this game is being hyped, the only way it could "take You're L.A. Noire experience to the next level" is if it turned the player character into Batman.

Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

"Rockstar hasn't spoken up on what the Rockstar Pass is yet, only saying that it'll "take your L.A. Noire experience to the next level. More details are reportedly coming soon."

Read: Stuff that would normally be in the game. "Take your ... experience to the next level" is basically marketing speak (newspeak for some) for "don't get mad, we're promising neato stuff that we'll fail to deliver. Heres a multiplayer map!" How exactly is multiplayer and stats "next level"? If actual DLC episodic content was included that would be different but they'll likely just take a note from everyone else and offer chopped off features to used game buyers for 10 dollars. Yay?

Veldie:
Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age both had an online pass but were single player games. Basically, the online pass gave you free access to downloadable content you otherwise had to pay for (weapons, outfits, characters, mission packs, etc.).

Oh boy, here we go again... Please, make it stop!

You mean they're going to make us pay for stuff already on the disk. Great. You'd think Rockstar would at least have enough respect for its fans to not dress it up with this preorder facade.

I really don't see why people see "Project $10" as so wrong. I mean, I think it's an effective way of getting people to buy a game new without resorting to extreme content-cutting measures. Mass Effect 2 was still eminently playable without the bonus content.

internetzealot1:
You mean they're going to make us pay for stuff already on the disk. Great. You'd think Rockstar would at least have enough respect for its fans to not dress it up with this preorder facade.

Only if you buy it used. Which I'm pretty sure leads to a whole big debate that goes around in circles.

rsvp42:

internetzealot1:
You mean they're going to make us pay for stuff already on the disk. Great. You'd think Rockstar would at least have enough respect for its fans to not dress it up with this preorder facade.

Only if you buy it used. Which I'm pretty sure leads to a whole big debate that goes around in circles.

They haven't said what it for yet. The speculation in this article is that it'll unlock the "preorder" bonuses, of which there are, like, six.

Wish they would make the companies who do game trade ins pay more or something, not taking out on the consumer.

If EA is any indication, this pass stuff didn't doesn't do jack shit to help curb used sales. Since they seem to have scrapped it.

StriderShinryu:

Veldie:
Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age both had an online pass but were single player games. Basically, the online pass gave you free access to downloadable content you otherwise had to pay for (weapons, outfits, characters, mission packs, etc.).

Guess im a idiot because I own ME2 and both Dragon ages >_>

internetzealot1:

rsvp42:

internetzealot1:
You mean they're going to make us pay for stuff already on the disk. Great. You'd think Rockstar would at least have enough respect for its fans to not dress it up with this preorder facade.

Only if you buy it used. Which I'm pretty sure leads to a whole big debate that goes around in circles.

They haven't said what it for yet. The speculation in this article is that it'll unlock the "preorder" bonuses, of which there are, like, six.

I guess I hadn't considered that... yeah, unless the store-specific bonuses need to be downloaded, that's pretty lame.

Veldie:

StriderShinryu:

Veldie:
Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age both had an online pass but were single player games. Basically, the online pass gave you free access to downloadable content you otherwise had to pay for (weapons, outfits, characters, mission packs, etc.).

Guess im a idiot because I own ME2 and both Dragon ages >_>

lol Well, for the most part they've integrated it fairly well with those titles. In ME2 it's the Cerberus Network, which had several weapons, a couple of mission packs, Zaeed and his mission, and maybe a costume pack. If you have the Cerberus Network (free if you bought the game new), you got all that stuff for free. If you didn't have the CNet, you had to buy it separately. In DA:O it was basically Shale and her attached queste. Buy the game new, get the character and quests. Buy the game used and you had to buy them separately.

To me, it sounds more like Take Two taking potshots at the used game market rather than 'participating' in it, but whatever.

Oh great, this shit again, and I was looking forward to L.A Noire.

Calico93:
Wish they would make the companies who do game trade ins pay more or something, not taking out on the consumer.

And if they did that, the consumer would still pay for it.

Likely, it would be like this "Well, we have to give back $5 to Rockstar for every used sale we make, so the price is going up from $45 to $50"

OT: Don't mind the whole "online pass" thing at all. I buy my games new anyways, and get older titles used.

I'm waiting for the day that they force you to register your console game online with a serial code like pc games instead of tip toeing around it with this online pass crap. So many people will rage, especially the used market.

StriderShinryu:

Veldie:

StriderShinryu:

Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age both had an online pass but were single player games. Basically, the online pass gave you free access to downloadable content you otherwise had to pay for (weapons, outfits, characters, mission packs, etc.).

Guess im a idiot because I own ME2 and both Dragon ages >_>

lol Well, for the most part they've integrated it fairly well with those titles. In ME2 it's the Cerberus Network, which had several weapons, a couple of mission packs, Zaeed and his mission, and maybe a costume pack. If you have the Cerberus Network (free if you bought the game new), you got all that stuff for free. If you didn't have the CNet, you had to buy it separately. In DA:O it was basically Shale and her attached queste. Buy the game new, get the character and quests. Buy the game used and you had to buy them separately.

yea I know about them i just forgot about them whats funny tho is I got ME2 Used for 12 dollers from Gamefly and the box had the cerberus network code in it unused lol

I've wanted this game ever since I heard it's bloody name, but why does Rockstar have to get into this crap as well? If it really is "bonus content" then chances are if you already have a full and expansive game, hardly anyone will pay extra for the "bonus content".

Sigh.

HankMan:
What IS the Rockstar Pass? For now... it's a mystery.
From the way this game is being hyped, the only way it could "take You're L.A. Noire experience to the next level" is if it turned the player character into Batman.

That would be pretty sick.

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HankMan:
What IS the Rockstar Pass? For now... it's a mystery.
From the way this game is being hyped, the only way it could "take You're L.A. Noire experience to the next level" is if it turned the player character into Batman.

A mystery you might think, but in reality I think it will end up killing this game, as it will try to rob players of their money.

But seriously, Here we go again with people complaining how DLC should work and such, and of course the ever lasting hatred of Project $10-ish game passes.

Veldie:

StriderShinryu:

Veldie:
Guess im a idiot because I own ME2 and both Dragon ages >_>

lol Well, for the most part they've integrated it fairly well with those titles. In ME2 it's the Cerberus Network, which had several weapons, a couple of mission packs, Zaeed and his mission, and maybe a costume pack. If you have the Cerberus Network (free if you bought the game new), you got all that stuff for free. If you didn't have the CNet, you had to buy it separately. In DA:O it was basically Shale and her attached queste. Buy the game new, get the character and quests. Buy the game used and you had to buy them separately.

yea I know about them i just forgot about them whats funny tho is I got ME2 Used for 12 dollers from Gamefly and the box had the cerberus network code in it unused lol

Lucky, I got a brand-new version of Bad Company 2 at a huge reduction of price [about $10-$12 here] with an unused battle code.

That had expired back in April.

Thankfully I had forgone the battlecode the first time and went ahead and bought the VIP crap, thus allowing me to always re-download it.

I dont always find ways around ensuring developers get money, but when I do, its hilarious to me.

Veldie:
Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

Well, I'd imagine it's a situation where the pre-order DLC is only being given to the companies temporarly and they plan to release all of it to everyone at some point down the road, like how the various "Red Dead Redemption" pre-order benefits got put out on the market for like a dollar apiece not too long ago if I remember. The Pass might net you them for free, when the exclusivity contract expires.

It's also possible that it could be something like the Saboteur, like where you needed the pass to see the dancers show their boobies and so on, basically uncensoring some of the more "Adult" content from the game.

Really, we won't know until it comes out, but there have been plenty of things like this done besides multiplayer modes.

Speaking for myself, L.A. Noire doesn't impress me that much. I might try it some day when it drops in price, but right now there are just too many games I'm more interested in. I guess it's just that being an Arson Investigator in the 1940s doesn't capture my imagination as much as it does for some other people. On the other hand it does show some potential, if someone ever wanted to make a game like this set in the 1920s based on the "Call Of Cthulhu" RPGs, with the cases being paranormal investigations or whatever, I might be interested. Bethesda's "Dark Corners Of The Earth" was a long time ago. Of course Rock Star doesn't generally do much fantasy stuff, the undead nightmare thing for Red Dead: Redemption being fairly unusual from what I've seen of their work.

internetzealot1:

rsvp42:

internetzealot1:
You mean they're going to make us pay for stuff already on the disk. Great. You'd think Rockstar would at least have enough respect for its fans to not dress it up with this preorder facade.

Only if you buy it used. Which I'm pretty sure leads to a whole big debate that goes around in circles.

They haven't said what it for yet. The speculation in this article is that it'll unlock the "preorder" bonuses, of which there are, like, six.

That would be pretty cool if it did unlock the pre-order bonuses. Wasn't one of the bonuses a T-shirt?

Kalezian:

HankMan:
What IS the Rockstar Pass? For now... it's a mystery.
From the way this game is being hyped, the only way it could "take You're L.A. Noire experience to the next level" is if it turned the player character into Batman.

A mystery you might think, but in reality I think it will end up killing this game, as it will try to rob players of their money.

But seriously, Here we go again with people complaining how DLC should work and such, and of course the ever lasting hatred of Project $10-ish game passes.

Veldie:

StriderShinryu:

lol Well, for the most part they've integrated it fairly well with those titles. In ME2 it's the Cerberus Network, which had several weapons, a couple of mission packs, Zaeed and his mission, and maybe a costume pack. If you have the Cerberus Network (free if you bought the game new), you got all that stuff for free. If you didn't have the CNet, you had to buy it separately. In DA:O it was basically Shale and her attached queste. Buy the game new, get the character and quests. Buy the game used and you had to buy them separately.

yea I know about them i just forgot about them whats funny tho is I got ME2 Used for 12 dollers from Gamefly and the box had the cerberus network code in it unused lol

Lucky, I got a brand-new version of Bad Company 2 at a huge reduction of price [about $10-$12 here] with an unused battle code.

That had expired back in April.

Thankfully I had forgone the battlecode the first time and went ahead and bought the VIP crap, thus allowing me to always re-download it.

I dont always find ways around ensuring developers get money, but when I do, its hilarious to me.

it wasnt that I didnt want them to get money I just felt ME2 just felt underwelmed for me so i figured id just get it used and i already had the copy at my home from renting it.

I rue the online pass. RUEEEEEE!!!!
Its the biggest flaw of the new MK. It is the biggest flaw of every game that has it also.

I remember back in the olden days when a game was a complete unit that you either bought or didn't. I guess this will be yet another game I buy out of bargain bin 2 years from now when the "game of the year" edition is released that is actually complete.

So does this mean that because I do not have my console connected to the internet, I'll have to pay a full price for half of the game?

I don't get it. If it's for DLC. Surely we should be charged less should we not want the day 1 DLC anyways?

Wasn't even gonna pay full price for a rockstar game again after RDR and GTA IV. I stand by that.

Why did half the people on the thread go to, "OH GREAT, THE COMPANY IS HOLDING BACK MORE SHIT FROM US TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK"?

L.A. Noire was made for the PS3, and it took up the entire 25GB PS3 disk

It's on three separate disks for the 360 version. (Because it's ported. The PS3 version has a free exclusive mission on the disk as well.)

Team Bondi mentioned that some content was cut from the game so that they could fit the entire thing on one disk. The 'Rockstar Pass' might be the cut content. Still kind of sucky that they'd make you pay for something they planned to be in the game anyway, if that was indeed what the RP is.

Veldie:
Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt this be kinda pointless since it duesnt do multiplayer?

I dont see how the online pass could be worked for the whole preorder dlc and future stuff I mean what they going to make it so even if you buy dlc you can play it without because thats gona piss somone off or somthing.

Of course it isnt pointless, project 10$ isnt about charging for multiplayer, its about penalising the people that buy the game used and dont give money to the guys that made the game.

I have no problem with this, I want this type of games to exist so I will support them by buying a new copy.

Its the same price, I get the content and they get the money, everyone is happy.

rembrandtqeinstein:
I remember back in the olden days when a game was a complete unit that you either bought or didn't. I guess this will be yet another game I buy out of bargain bin 2 years from now when the "game of the year" edition is released that is actually complete.

If you actually buy the game new instead of keeping those 10$ to yourself you get all this content. I dont get why people whine about this kind of deals, games are the same price, the pass is free if you buy the game new. If you buy the game used you will then pay the 10$ you saved for the rest of the game, it makes sense. They are making sure that they see some money, I prefer giving my money to developers than retail stores.

Calico93:
Wish they would make the companies who do game trade ins pay more or something, not taking out on the consumer.

Uh, the consumers are the ones who buy pre-owned games...

Project $10 and Online Pass are good systems in my book. Does not bother me in the slightest.

this whole thing reminds me...I pre-ordered the game through Gamestop online and until now it didn't occur to me that Im unsure of where the code for the preorder bonuses normally is...can someone who knows for sure let me know?

Perhaps my brain isn't working this morning, but I am a little confused as to what's happening with LA Noire. I was tempted to buy it brand new but as funds are short this month I decided to wait and maybe pick it up second hand. However after reading this story am I to believe that I 'have' to purchase it new to be able to get everything with the game? It's quotes like....

"Take-Two's first foray into participating in used sales could come packed with L.A. Noire."

"Take-Two said it had plans to do something similar, which may begin with Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire"

So I need to pick it up new to get the code to enable to potentially grab all the DLC right? If it is all the stuff that's included in the 6 way pre-order split, then what's the point of pre-ording it if you just get a code on launch that gives you all the pre-order stuff?? o.0

I'm confused :/

Calico93:
Wish they would make the companies who do game trade ins pay more or something, not taking out on the consumer.

How exactly? Stop stores from selling your game? The retailers are all in the one big club and the last thing they want is suppliers deciding they can force a better price. If they tried to push for a better price I'd say the retailers just wouldn't stock it and I don't think Digital Distribution or ordering online is so big that it will make up for those lost sales.

AgDr_ODST:
this whole thing reminds me...I pre-ordered the game through Gamestop online and until now it didn't occur to me that Im unsure of where the code for the preorder bonuses normally is...can someone who knows for sure let me know?

If you didn't recieve any kind of email about it (for digital copies) then chances are that it will be in the gamebox. It'll be a slip of paper, about the same as those shitty ads they put in for alienware or other games. When it comes to preorder slips they'll probably have those in a bundle behind the counter and if the guy doesn't put it in when he is at the register double check the box just to be sure.

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