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Ubisoft Announces the Removal of Uplay Online Passes for Future Games

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Ubisoft have announced today via the Ubisoft Blog that Ubisoft games will no longer require the Uplay Passport, the Ubisoft version of the Online pass, to access the online features of their games in the future. Following in the same direction as EA and other publishers.

This comes in the reaction to elements of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag single player where the mini game Kenway’s Fleet, which has the player sending out their ships on missions for in game rewards and the ability to help others on your friends list by aiding them in their own missions, was locked away unless you had a Uplay passport which only came with new copies of the game.

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“Assassin’s Creed fans, we heard you loud and clear.

In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Edward’s Fleet is an innovative online feature that allows a single player 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”

Ubisoft then confirmed that all future Ubisoft titles will not require an online pass, which will come as great news for gamers everywhere, Ubisoft was one of the last remaining Publishers to still use it after EA made the decision to stop using online passes to block access to online features in their games unless you purchased a new copy of the game instead of renting or buying pre-owned.

“What’s more, Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games.

The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards. However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is “single player” and what is “multiplayer.” Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games.”

Older EA Games Now Have FREE Online Passes On Xbox LIVE

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This isn’t a mistake, not a glitch and a surprising fact to learn that EA has now opened up older games on the Xbox 360 to have their online passes made available for free. If your mouth has just dropped that EA has given something away for free – welcome to the club.

We had previously reported that EA intended to drop the Online Pass, and we came to the assumption that some form of DRM “must” be in place for next-gen rendering the passes on a new console – useless! We was indeed right to assume that, but EA stated prior that future games would not be shipped with Online Passes, we had no idea about past games.

EA Games with Online Passes include Mass Effect 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Alice: Madness Returns, Bulletstorm, Shift 2: Unleashed, Medal of Honor, Dragon Age 2 & many more. This now means that used games can play online without forking out extra cash.

Source: VideoGamer (via NeoGAF)

Xbox One Does Not Block Used Games – Nor Always Online

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With the newly announced Xbox One console from Microsoft today, post-reveal questions have included if it does block used games as per all the recent rumours and if it does require an always online internet connection. Clearing up the latter, Microsoft has confirmed that whilst the new console does require an internet connection it doesn’t have to be ‘always online’.

Now, the important one since we all know how we love to trade-in our old games, shit games, or just fancy something not quite full priced games – it has been confirmed that the Xbox One console will not block used games, but you will need to deactivate your content license. So, in short if you install a game to your HDD and activate the license then all the accounts on your Xbox One console can play that game. If you sell your game, it will also need to be sold online. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the trading details required to action it, but it will render your license useless and allow the new owner to play the game instead of you. There has been no talk of this being a chargeable service, but a license transfer can take place in the cloud over Xbox LIVE to the new owner. It is good to learn that used games are not dead afterall, Xbox Wire has stated “We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.”

No wonder EA decided to scrap their online passes, they’d be useless on Xbox One with the way license transfers are in place!

Thanks: Kotaku