id has announced its plans to combat the used games sales market by locking out some single player areas in its upcoming shooter RAGE. Diligent players who purchase a new copy of the game and bother to download associated content will come across sewer hatches which will take them to new missions…unavailable to those who buy the game used.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Willits said,
Most people never even see it. I can tell you, some people will buy Rage, download that, and still never set foot in those things. They just won't. I think that's fair. It's cool. It's outside the main path. We're not detracting from anything. But I know some consumers, when you can't avoid it, then you get a little touchy subject.
This is very different from the always online measures taken by Ubisoft and Blizzard for their PC releases, but considering used game sales aren't really a big problem in the PC gaming scene it shouldn't affect PC gamers, but would definitely affect hardcore console gamers who would like to explore the gorgeous wastelands of RAGE to the fullest which releases October 4 accross all three major platforms.