A spokesperson for EA Sports has explained that the multiplayer component of SSX will not be locked behind an online pass.
In a statement given to Game Informer EA says players will be able to compete in online game modes, Explore and Global Events without a pass, but credits earned from competing will not be awarded until an online pass is activated.
The in-game credits can be used to purchase extra gear for characters as also to participate in some events.
Here's the official statement:
In SSX, players without an Online Pass are able to compete and play in both of SSX's online game modes, Explore and Global Events with no restrictions. In Global Events, the top finishers from each event are awarded with in-game credits. These in-game credits earned during play will not be awarded to the player if they do not have an Online Pass; these credits will be stored so that at any time, if a player redeems an Online Pass code, all the credits that they had previously earned in Global Events will be immediately awarded to them.
Economy balance makes it possible to unlock all available content and allows you to participate in all event drops across both Explore and Global Events, with credits earned solely in Explore.
Talk of a pre-owned-preventing SSX online pass kicked off yesterday, when a shot of the game's UI clearly displayed a prompt to purchase the pass.