THQ has announced that players will need to activate an 'Elite Pass' if they wish to progress past rank 5 in the multiplayer portion of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
. The Elite Pass takes the form of a single-use code printed on the back of the manual found in all new copies of the game.
THQ wished to clarify that players who purchase a used copy of the game would still have access to the entire single-player campaign, as well as all of the lower level customisation options and multiplayer modes and maps. Once these players reach rank 5, they will still be able to play the multiplayer portion of the game as much as they like. However, they will not be able to progress past rank 5 and unlock any of the associated upgrades, i.e. any XP earned will NOT count.
Players who share a console with family members or house-mates will be pleased to hear that the code is not tied to one gamertag. A single code will give full multiplayer access to all gamertags that log into the console where the Elite Pass Code was first activated.Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
was released today in North America. The game is due to be released on September 8th in Australia and September 9th in Europe. The Elite Pass was released worldwide today and can be purchased here
at a cost of 800 MSP.