Ubisoft Scraps Uplay Online Pass System, Assassin’s Creed 4 Was The Catalyst

After dissent from Assassin’s Creed 4 fans and players, Ubisoft have decided to officially scrap the Uplay Passport code requirement to access to online aspect of Assassin’s Creed 4, called Edward’s Fleet. Previously gamers would need to enter a Uplay Passport code to unlock the online aspect of the game (the companion app called Edward’s Fleet) and bonus content of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag. These codes were supposed to ship with all copies of the game but in some instances they didn’t and if you didn’t have a code then you had to pay extra to buy one separately. Now that Ubisoft have scrapped the Uplay passport all gamers will be able to access the online aspect for free via Xbox Live or PSN. Ubisoft encourages anyone who purchased a Uplay passport code for Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag to contact regional support, presumably for a refund or some type of reimbursement.

Ubisoft also notes that all future game titles will not feature Uplay passport again. Ubisoft’s move follows a similar move made by EA earlier this year where it also scrapped its online pass system for all current and future games after very negative feedback from gamers.

“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.” Stated Ubisoft.

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