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It is well known that Kingdoms of Amalur is one of the many games that employ the online pass method of encouraging new purchases (and for making more off of used copies).

Snooping around the internet before purchasing the game, I noticed that on the Xbox (I imagine the same holds for the PS3) the code needs to be redeemed via the Marketplace as can be seen in the following instruction leaflet: unlocking leaflet

When I launched the copy I recently bought through Steam, I saw a "multiplayer" key code pop up, but it apparently has nothing to do with the online pass (and the game didn't prompt me to enter a code at any point so far).

On EA's own FAQ for the game, I found the following quote in regards to the availability of the N7 inspired armor in the game (the last sentence is phrased badly on the source as well):

Your N7 armour in Reckoning is unlocked automatically with your online pass, available in all new copies of Reckoning, or by purchasing the Reckoning online pass on PSN, XBL . It unlocks with automatically with your PC registration code on Origin or Steam.

This possibly hints that there is no need for unlocking the online pass protected content on a new PC copy, but sadly the above is far from an explicit statement on the matter (all other mentions on the FAQ regarding the online pass are Xbox/PS3 centric).

So, how does one unlock the online pass content on the PC (specifically, with a Steam copy), if that is at all required? Also, if such unlocking is indeed implicit, what is my online pass bound to? My Steam account, perhaps?

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On the Xbox version, at the title screen is a "downloadable content" menu, which then has the option to "redeem code" - I don't know if there's a similar UI flow in the PC version, but it's worth a shot. –  agent86 Feb 12 '12 at 16:42
    
As soon as you leave the tutorial area, you should get a popup about a quest for receiving items via special delivery. If this happened to you, then you don't need to do anything else. –  Adeese Feb 12 '12 at 18:55
    
@Adeese Pardon my ignorance, but just what is the area that counts as the "tutorial area"? I left the well of souls, but didn't notice any such popup... –  Aubergine Feb 13 '12 at 21:43
    
@Aubergine Once you're outside from the Well of Souls. I don't recall exactly when the quest popped up for me, but it was shortly after getting outside. Maybe after meeting the Fateweaver? –  Adeese Feb 13 '12 at 22:28
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I decided to bite the bullet, and so I went into the game's online options and connected with my EA account (I had one from way back for a reason I have long forgotten). Sure enough, the quest for picking up the N7 armor suddenly appeared.

It seems, then, that in order to activate the online pass on the PC (specifically, with the Steam version) you must have the game connect to an EA account.

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