Square Enix has announced that they wont be requiring an online pass for North American copies of the upcoming Hitman Absolution. The game had previously been planned to lock the game’s Contracts Mode behind the online pass but instead the mode will automatically be included in the game. The game will still have the online pass in other territories; however, Square has stated that the online pass will be available for free rather than charging a fee for the unlock key.
It’s good to see some developers shy away from the Online Pass. I hate the damn things, so much so that I actually go out of my way to avoid purchasing games that use them.