Ubisoft Drops Uplay Passport Scheme
Uplay Is “No Longer The Best Approach”, Admits Ubisoft
Ubisoft has abandoned its Uplay Passport scheme that stops people who buy their games second hand from accessing certain content.
The move follows complaints that the Uplay Passport, which comes with new copies of the game but must be purchased separately by those who buy the game second hand, was restricting gamers from accessing important single player content in Assassin’s Creed IV.
In a statement released today Ubisoft said: “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 recognised 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.”
Ubisoft angered gamers this week when it came to light that Uplay Passport restrictions imposed on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will stop those without a pass from sending ships in their fleet on missions in the single-player campaign. With naval exploration and combat being such a big part of the game’s experience, this would essentially have had a negative impact on a large part of the game’s single player experience.