Ubisoft terminates online pass program
posted on 10.31.13 at 04:17 PM EST by (@salromano)
Assassin's Creed IV players can download passport free of charge.

Ubisoft is dropping its online passes, called Uplay Passports, from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and all future Ubisoft games.

“Gamers currently without a Uplay Passport for Black Flag will be able to download one for free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network,” the company said on its official blog. “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.”

The Uplay Passport was meant to give consumers “full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards,” according to Ubisoft. But since games are “blurring the line between offline and online, between what is ‘single player’ an what is ‘multiplayer,'” Ubisoft has decided based on feedback, the Uplay Passport is “no longer the best approach” for consumers.

  • Elvick

    Good. Locking away single player content unless you had one of these was dumb.

    I can understand online, because upkeep (makes more sense in games with servers), but single player content is already made. So just give it to people.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    This is the most sensible thing I’ve seen all generation.

    Ubisoft, you have my respect.

    • $18114340

      Do they really deserve your respect given that Ubisoft has been instrumental in the DRM-locking trend this entire generation, and only until very recently (i.e. this announcement) were they going to include this in their latest games?

      By all means, this is a move to be welcomed, but respected? I’m keeping my eye on Ubisoft.

      • Sae-Won Yoon

        I may have given my respect, but that doesn’t mean my utmost.

        I only acknowledged them for finally doing something sensible to this whole farce of DRM and Online passes and the fact that despite being the assholes responisbile for it, they’re now relenting.
        But yeah, a bit of doubt never did one wrong these days,

        • EX+

          Man, I forgot how smart I was when I was a kid. Suck on it Ignis! I kid, I kid.
          On topic: Good thing too. I don’t usually buy used games, but I’m glad for the people that do.

  • Peacenutman

    Wow this is great news for this gen. After all those penny pinching from last gen, every major publisher is now online pass free. I wonder what made them do that? I know X1 was going to have DRM and so was rumored PS4, but now they both don’t have DRM, so I wonder why.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Finally, Something Admirable.

  • Budgiecat

    Tecmo needs to do this for Ninja Gaiden 3 RE

    Capcom, also take notes on how to listen to your customers…

    And Sony better fix that PS4 anti MP3/DNLA crap their stocks just dropped 20%

    • Elvick

      Not sure it’s really “anti”…

      Not having it doesn’t make them “anti”. PS4 doesn’t have anything to help cure cancer, doesn’t mean they’re anti-cures. Unless I missed them say, “WE ARE STRONGLY AGAINST ANY AND ALL .MP3s AND DNLA!”… hyperbole in the gaming community needs to die.

      Hopefully something comes of Yoshida’s talks with the PS4 developers. And in a quick manner.

      https://twitter.com/yosp/status/395844205215363072

  • artemisthemp

    It doesn’t affect me as I don’t buy Used games

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      Great attitude. Can’t wait for you to sperg out about something that does affect you.

  • $30632660

    Doesn’t affect me because I haven’t owned (not bought) a Ubisoft game since Rayman on the Playstation.

    Didn’t even know Ubisoft did Online Passses lmao