Online passes suck. Those little bits of code that lock features of a game behind a paywall or code entry box are the bane of gamers without functional internet. Usually, they’re used to wall off multiplayer in the hope that second hand purchasers shell out for that privilege. for Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubisoft did a bit of a dick move, and locked single player content behind one such walls. People, naturally, were none too happy. Ubisoft has listened.
Ubisoft tucked Assassin’s Creed IV’s fleet management mini-game behind a paywall with its Uplay Passport online pass, inciting digital riots led by furious keyboard warriors. The company has confirmed that that they’ll be removing any fees associated with the Uplay passport for AC 4 – and furthermore, will be scrapping the Uplay passport entirely.
In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, “Edward’s Fleet” is an innovative online single player feature that allows players to interact with multiple players on consoles or via the game’s companion app. Every new copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag includes the Uplay Passport code needed to unlock this online 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. This ensures that everyone will be able to use the companion app, Edward’s Fleet, online multiplayer and available bonus content at no additional cost.
Gamers currently without a Uplay Passport for Black Flag will be able to download one for free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. For those who have already purchased Uplay Passport for Black Flag, please contact your regional Ubisoft support.
What’s more, Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games.
It is quite fantastic that Ubisoft has listened to its customers – but also a little worrying that they thought locking single player content out was a good idea in the first place.
Last Updated: November 1, 2013