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.
“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.”