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Ubisoft Drops Online Passes After Assassin’s Creed IV Controversy

by on November 1, 2013

Ubisoft has ditched its entire Uplay passport system with immediate effect.

The gaming giant made the move after Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag players complained that some single player content was locked behind an online pass.

Ubisoft have now made the Edward’s Fleet resource management mini-game, as well as multiplayer and bonus content open to everybody at no additional.

Taking to their blog to announce the news, communications manager Gary Steinman said: “Assassin’s Creed fans, we heard you loud and clear. 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.”

Online passes allow companies to make a profit on second hand titles by locking away certain features behind a one-use online code. Everybody hates it.

Undoubtedly the right move, Ubisoft follow in the footsteps of EA who dropped their online pass system earlier this year.