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Ubisoft Eliminates Passport Fee For Assassin’s Creed IV, Will Not Use Them Again

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 Take
Ubisoft 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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