On Thursday, Ubisoft said it will eliminate the Uplay Passport fee for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and discontinue the Passport in future games. The announcement came in response to negative public reaction to the developer’s online pass program.
Fans were particularly upset about the way the program blocked parts of the single-player campaign for non-members. The most noticeable restriction was on “Edward’s Fleet,” a feature of Black Flag that allows a player to add ships to protagonist Edward Kenway’s pirate fleet—similar to the recruiting of assassin in previous installments.
The Uplay Passport code was available free with new copies and for a price online. Ubisoft listened to their fans, and will eliminate the price. According to the Ubisoft blog:
[W]e listen to our community and understand that there are concerns over some players’ ability to access this feature, so we have decided to eliminate the cost of the Uplay Passport for Black Flag. This ensures that everyone will be able to use the companion app, Edward’s Fleet, online multiplayer and available bonus content at no additional cost.
Going the extra mile—er, league?—the company also announced, “Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games.”
Gamers without a Uplay Passport for Assassin’s Creed IV will be able to download one free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. The company asks that those who have already purchased Uplay Passport contact their regional Ubisoft support.
Ubisoft joins EA Games, which discontinued its own online pass program earlier this year after hearing similar complaints.