Another one bites the dust.
When Assassin’s Creed IV was released this week, some gamers had problems redeeming the Uplay Passport, the online pass to unlock the multiplayer features, and Ubisoft have since announced that they are removing the online pass from all of their games.
For the time being, the Uplay Passport will still be required for previously released games, but the online pass will be free to download, and future Ubisoft games won’t require one at all. As for Uplay, Ubisoft will continue to use the application in their games, but without the annoying online pass part. If you already bought an online pass for Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubisoft urge you to contact your regional Ubisoft support number, but stop short at confirming what exactly they’ll do for you. Maybe they’ll give you a refund, or some other sort of compensation. Ghost Recon avatar pictures for everyone!
Either way, this is great news for everyone, especially those who rent or buy their games used, as they would have previously had to purchase the online pass separately for $10. EA stopped using their online pass a few months ago, and that left Ubisoft as the last major publisher to use them, so it’s nice to see an end to the silly attempt at slowing down the used game market.