It seems as though online passes were a fad, with Sony, EA and now Ubisoft dropping them going into the next generation, rather than making them worse than before and including single player content as we thought might be the case after Assassin’s Creed IV did so with its content-locking Uplay Passport.
You see, a section of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – involving collecting ships and using them in your own fleet, similar to the features of Brotherhood – was locked behind its online “Uplay Passport” pass, rendering it unplayable for second hand copies of the game.
This had multiplayer features, but could have been seen as quite a bit of the core game, and after much complaining from the community, Ubisoft have reversed their decision to make it a pay for feature.
However, we listen to our community and understand that there are concerns over some players’ ability to access this feature, so we have decided to eliminate the cost of the Uplay Passport for Black Flag.
They also confirmed that “Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games” which is a really good thing, as we’d be sorely disappointed if Watch Dog’s interesting multiplayer features were locked behind what essentially amounts to a paywall.