Single-player Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag mode requires online pass

Kenway's Fleet also requires an active connection to the Uplay servers.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag requires players to redeem a valid online pass if they want to take part in the single-player Kenway's Fleet minigame.

Kenway's Fleet is the latest iteration in the series' usual macromanagement mode, allowing players to send off Assassin subordinates on potentially lucrative and dangerous missions, hoping they survive to bring in the bounty.

Spotted by GameInformer, the mode is now available only to players with a Uplay Passport, a unique code that is either supplied with new copies of the game or purchasable from each platform's digital storefront.

In Assassin's Creed IV, players send off ships captured and folded into the fleet's ranks instead of groups of Assassins. Missions are completed faster if other players on your friends list are also playing Assassin's Creed IV, and players are now required to connect to Ubisoft's Uplay servers in order to connect at all.

New ships can be added to the player's fleet after their crew yields from a successful boarding. Ships can also be sold for scrap, which is another way to make money in the game.

Ubisoft recently confirmed that the PlayStation-exclusive DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will not be coming to other platforms.

For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag review.

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GhostyDog
GhostyDog

Im playing kenways fleet from in game and on the ipad companion app without using the online pass that came with the game

Saul_Ed_Snake
Saul_Ed_Snake

And to make it even worse,the Ubisoft servers you have to connect to do these side missions are hardly ever working.

VargasUniverse
VargasUniverse

But you can still beat the game without this... right?

Navardo95
Navardo95

One question? Is the game more polished then AC 3? As that one was riddled with some immersion breaking bugs.

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

@Navardo95 I can tell you this it's much better than AC 3, it's actually fun and you can complete the story without getting bored...but it's not better than AC 2 .

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

@DemocraticTroll @Navardo95 It's a lot more enjoyable than AC3, free running is a lot more fluid through towns and the lead character isn't boring. I've only encountered one bug where a courier was stuck under the map but it wasn't in a mission.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Slowly pushing only online on us. It's coming, let's just hope it doesn't happen too fast. 

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

come on ubisoft even ea got rid of stupid online passes

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

That titles is very misleading! I was about to start criticizing Ubisoft for that titles, when only a small management mode inside the Single Player Mode is restricted. Please fix that! It is really misleading. As it stands, it says the whole Single Player mode requires the Online pass...

soulless4now
soulless4now

@DiamondDM13 GS probably wanted it that way to increase traffic to this site. You know how they are. :/ 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@AyatollaofRnR @DiamondDM13 Black Flag Mode? If you read it, it says SP ACIV Black Flag Mode requires Online Pass. Meaning the Single Player mode of the game ACIV Black Flag...

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

So does this mean you need Xbox Live to use the mode at all on 360/X1?

toddx77
toddx77

@TheCyborgNinja No you only need internet to validate the online pass or the code for buying it new.

Dexyu
Dexyu

Im just gonna play thins and then forget ubisoft exists. . .

thunderborne
thunderborne

Ubisoft, EA, and Activision/Blizzard... killing the industry with one consumer-unfriendly tactic at a time. 

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

You know, they could have mentioned this little detail to people BEFORE RELEASE!

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@gamerboy100 

And lose out on sales? YOU MAD?!

toddx77
toddx77

@gamerboy100 @MonocleOwl Ubisoft probably noticed how EA didn't really suffer any legal trouble for false advertising with Mass Effect 3.  A good team of lawyers can get away with almost anything.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

This is why  I am not buying this milked dross.

FenixWolf
FenixWolf

Is there a place that I could actually send a direct message to Ubisoft?  This excrement is the last straw

Fate_00
Fate_00

Can you guys imagine "having a pass", being the new way to play? And I mean, the entire game! :0

BigFeef
BigFeef

Some companies never learn...

Fate_00
Fate_00

WHAT THE DUCK?! 

The day when you needed a pass to play a game, that buying off a store alone for $59.99, was 'pass' enough. 

JOLIVERW
JOLIVERW

@Fate_00 If you buy the game new you will have a pass... But I get what you are saying, I can't believe that you now need a pass to access part of the single player game! 

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I already have the online pass, so it won't impact me, but...that's really crappy, Ubi!

bignick217
bignick217

"Ubisoft recently confirmed that the PlayStation-exclusive DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will not be coming to other platforms."

Fine by me... You can keep your always online crap off my PC.  Thank you for not subjecting me to that now worthless DLC.  I don't think Ubisoft will ever learn.  They failed to implement this always online DRM crap on the PC because we wouldn't stand for it... So now their trying to force it on PS3 /4 owners instead, except this time they are trying it in smaller increments hoping we won't notice.  Hopefully Sony owners will take a similar stance and fight it.

MESSAGE TO PS3 /4 OWNERS:  Send Ubisoft a CLEAR MESSAGE.  Say NO to Always-Online DRM of any kind from Ubisoft (or any other company).  You want to buy and play the game, fine, just do NOT register the online pass and do NOT play the DLC.  Let Ubisoft pay for servers that will never get used as a result (wasted money and losses always gets their attention).  That should send the message loud and clear.  Always-Online DRM of any kind will NOT be tolerated in our games.  PC brethren, let us PC gamers show our Sony brothers(and sisters) some community support.  Always-Online DRM can NOT be tolerated in any game, for any reason, on any platform/console.  Slam this window shut.

19James89
19James89

This is to combat second hand games isn't it? Sneaky, sneaky Ubisoft. I'm still getting this game regardless.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Ah, Ubisoft... who are the pirates again?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Is it just me that has absoloutely no interest in this game whatsoever????

azizex6666
azizex6666

same here, any game with "Ubisoft" on it is a big No for me most of the time.

Paul2004
Paul2004

You need a online pass to play single player extra's, money grab if ive ever saw one. Its on the disk so why the hell should anyone need a Online pass to access it ?, If it was online then i can see the point but this is a slap in the face IMO

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

thats it any remote idea of buying ac4 is done, I guess I will actually try the full free demo this year.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Friends list? Do they mean XBL/PSN friends or Uplay friends because I doubt many people have bothered to add anyone to their Uplay friends list.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@catsimboy Uplay is something like toilet paper - use it only when you need it and then throw it in trashbin.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@Saidrex First, what warns, i didn't see it. Second, since when is this a dictatorship when you can say nothing? Third, if they ban me for this, i don't care, it's too stupid to even contemplate such a thing.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@Evil_Sidekick @Saidrex that's fall under - encouraging illegal activities. And as they said - there is no freedom of speech on GS.