Speaking to Eurogamer, EA Partners executive officer Jeff Gamon said, “We want as little resistance or barriers to entry as possible.”
EA has a policy when it comes to Online Passes for its games, although it’s not strict when it comes to those under EA Partners like Portal 2 and Crysis 2 which did not include one. EA owns the Syndicate IP, causing it to fall under their discretion despite Starbreeze being independent.
“Under normal circumstances it would have had an online pass, but because it didn’t have competitive multiplayer and because we wanted as many people as possible to be playing co-op, we got away with it,” Gamon said.
Syndicate will have nine maps, offering up to six or seven hours of single-player content according to Gamon.