Ubisoft Drops Uplay Passport For Assassin’s Creed IV And Future Titles

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.

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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.

Source: UbiBlog

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6 Comments

  1. So are there any publishers left that still use online passes? Or has finally, the gaming industry realised we don’t like it when they try to screw us over!

  2. I actually just had to go through registering for this rubbish today, as I wanted to play Far Cry 3 (which is excellent) online co-op from the Blu-ray I bought a while ago (before it was announced on Plus). And, although I had the code, this was such a bad user experience..! At least they spare us that in the future.

  3. Nice.. thank you Ubisoft and thank you gamers..

  4. Is that picture actually a screen from the game? I thought the water looked good before but I didn’t realise it could be that dynamic! Shame the rest of the game is a bit mediocre looking on next gen

  5. This is more good news for gamers. I find it so annoying that me and my girlfriend own games console and are seemingly punished for both wanting to play the same game. If we buy a game and it has an unlock code or bonus we have to decide which of us gets this extra content. There has to be a better way for us both to benefit from this and not be punished for separate user accounts.

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