Uplay Passports are deplorable, inconvenient, annoyances that consumers have complained about since their inceptions. Ubisoft -like most companies- issued the passports in order to curve piracy and used game sales, consequently resulting in spoiled user experiences, and alienated sects of their player base.
Earlier today, Ubisoft began a blog post with, “Assassin’s Creed fans, we have heard you loud and clear.” Good way to start, right? They then go on to talk about the new online features of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Edward’s Fleet, an innovative online feature that combines console play with a companion app. Unless players buy a new copy of the game, or purchase a Uplay Passport this section of the game and companion app are unavailable. Luckily, Ubisoft has decided to eliminate the need of the passport for the modes. Can we get a round of applause for a company realizing the error in their ways? Not only are they eliminating the passports from Assassin’s Creed IV, but they are also eliminating them from future titles as well. Seriously guys and gals, this deserves at least a library clap.
Their reasoning behind doing away with the passports is not only because of player complaints.
“…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.”
Watch Dogs, another game from Ubisoft set to release next year, also blurs the line between what is single player and multiplayer. I initially thought the blurring of single player and multplayer was a design decision from up-top sent down to developers in order to sell more Uplay Passports. Terminating the passports reassures me that games like Watch Dogs are not disingenuous ploys to eliminate used game sales and piracy, but a passionate endeavor to create quality titles.
Gamers without a Uplay code will be able to download one on XBox Live and Playstation Network. Unfortunately, no solution, or reimbursement was mentioned for anyone who did purchase a Uplay Passport for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft says to keep a close eye on the UbiBlog for further updates.