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Earlier this week, we broke the story that Assassin’s Creed IV’s Ubisoft Passport (an online pass) walled off some content in the single-player game. Ubisoft has heard the response from the community and is adjusting its policies for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and all future titles.
Ubisoft has provided us with the following statement on the matter:
“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.
Also, we will be eliminating the Uplay Passport program from all future Ubisoft games moving forward.”
Ubisoft joins EA, which abandoned the practice of online passes earlier this year. For more on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, check out our review and our beginner’s guide.
Our TakeUbisoft has made the right decision. While consumers have come to accept online passes as standard practice, allowing them to encroach on the single-player experience feels wrong. Dropping the fee for this game and removing the practice altogether sends the right message to consumers.
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What? They listened to us for a change? Maybe they put new batteries into their hearing aids,took their medication and FINALLY saw the flaw in their policies.
I would have been fine with them just giving us the single player content for free.
I wish they could do this with all past games too, I have a copy of FarCry 3 with no access to the MP. :-(
That was quick.
I know EA said they're dropping online passes entirely for the upcoming consoles. I thought Ubisoft had said the same thing. I guess not? Maybe they will now, though.
Wow, that was a pretty quick response. I wonder if ubisoft has the same CEO as Microsoft. .lol........... Im glad they dropped the policy, but hope that Microsofts constant backtracking (I'm getting an Xbox one so don't bite my head off) doesn't infect every company in the business.
Indecisiveness can be a very bad thing.
And I'm aware that the companies do not share the same CEO. I was joking.
Because they didn't know people would react this way before hand? Just another example of companies trying to see what they can get away with.
Oh so they're listening to the fanbase now? Okay then, please stop milking Assassins Creed. Even the hardcore fans are getting sick of this series. Damn shame too because the slave assassin DLC looks bad the hell ass but I just can't stand this series enough to play it.
Online passes seem to be dying, thank God!
Good decision Ubisoft and excellent PR move, gotta give the people what they want!!!
Good move Ubi. Now if we could only get rid of day one dlc.