Ubisoft Dropping Online Passes, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Passports Now Free

First EA, then Sony and now Ubisoft. The major publisher has announced today that they will be dropping online passes from any future Ubisoft game. Dubbed the “Uplay Passport,” this program was required to play online in some games, most recently Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. Black Flag will mark the last game that utilizes it and those without a Passport will be able to download one from XBLA or PSN for free. Those who have already purchased one are instructed to contact Ubisoft support.

This means that anybody who owns Asassin’s Creed IV will be able to use the companion app, Edward’s Fleet and online multiplayer at no additional cost.

A another big win for gamers today. Now let’s just convince Ubisoft to get rid of Uplay altogether…

  • Jbumi

    They heard you – they’ve now announced that they’re dropping Uplay entirely!

    Good work, Steve!!

  • lizardlicked

    This was the right move by Ubisoft. Placing single player content behind a paywall would have set a dangerous precedent for others to emulate, and hopefully the public outcry from this stunt was noted for any others considering this. It’s enough that game companies increasingly expect customers to buy rushed, buggy games (that often need day one patches for major issues), as well as DLC that was prepared alongside regular game development, without the specter of ‘online passes.’ With EA and Ubisoft jumping off the bandwagon, it will be interesting to see if the practice is roundly denounced. Let’s hope so.