Ubisoft drops online passes for all future games

Publisher kills off Uplay Passport system for all future games, as well as Assasin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

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Ubisoft's Uplay Passport online pass system is no more. The Far Cry and Assassin's Creed publisher announced today that the program will not be used in any of its future 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," Ubisoft said in a statement.

"However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is 'single-player' and what is 'multiplayer,'" the statement continues. "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."

In the case of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, those without a Uplay Passport (included with all new copies of the game) will be able to download one for free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Those who already purchased one should contact their regional Ubisoft support team, the company said.

For Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, players need a Uplay Passport to utilize Edward's Fleet, an online feature that allows players to interact with others on console or through the game's companion app.

Rival publisher Electronic Arts killed off its own Online Pass program in May.

Online Passes have often been viewed as ways for developers and publishers to offset the financial shortfall of not seeing revenue when games are traded in and resold through retailers.

Discussion

189 comments
jark888
jark888

First EA, now Ubisoft. The existance of DLC and microtransaction on next generation consoles is in gamers' hands.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

It's funny. While most companies are abandoning them, Sony decided to upgrade their online pass to an online paywall like MS does. I wonder what makes them think they are special.

quidditch3
quidditch3

Wow they finally saw that the online pass is an out of date concept just like EA did

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

OK let's get this out of the way - used games hurt the sales of new games. It's a fact. Deal with it. Used car sales inpact the sale of new cars. Used Blue Ray's affect the sale of new Blu Rays. Etc. But it is our right as a consumer to have the rights to resell our games, turn them into coffee coasters, frisbees, anal plugs or whatever we choose to do with them post-purchase.

It's good that the video game studios are starting to just accept this fact and move on. What MS tried to do this last summer wasn't ever going to work in the real world. I'm sure Sony would love to do the same, they just were a bit smarter and chose not to.

To act like these companies aren't making money with used games around is a huge lie. GTA 5 sold how many copies in 24 hrs ?

I buy many used games. I don't buy a 55 dollar copy of a used game a day after it is released. I buy games used that I would never buy new anyways. I buy many new games for full price when they are released, and the ones I don't buy I never would pay full price for anyways.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Translation: So we're getting rid of online in passes. Instead we'll continue to make incomplete games and sell them to you as a Season Pass. With love for our fans --- Ubisoft

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

So here's an idea ubi while you're pretending to be thoughtful. Please implement real achievements on PC for Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon - hell, for all Ubi games, via Steamworks. No more uplay. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

There seems to be a trend, ish, recently with companies dropping retarded policies and "features" that never should have existedin the first place. Like GWFL games converting to steam works, let's hope that continues. Let's hope uPlay entirely goes away too.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

LOVE this part right here: "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." They make it sound like they downgraded themselves, due to our "whiny feedback" we never wanted it, in the first place! Just made me LOL 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

So literally 3 days after I enter my uplay passport for AC4 they axe it. Thanks for wasting my time keying that junk in.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

"However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is 'single-player' and what is 'multiplayer,'"

The line isn't blurry at all. You guys just tried to make it that way. >_>

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Still not buying your DRM loaded crap ubi

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

Now to drop uplay and everything would be much better.

mrdouglas99
mrdouglas99

very nice, now drop it for Anno 2070, a very nice game that I've bought not bothered to install thanks to the Uplay crap. I might even consider buying some of the DLC on offer if UPlay was dropped for this and other older games.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Oh well, less to complain about it now.

masterace101
masterace101

BAAAAAAAAD......THE DRM IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD

mattcake
mattcake

Was always pretty stupid to load a game, login to XBL, then login to Uplay, then sometimes there was a Uplay achievement at the same time as an XBL one so there'd be crud popping up all over the screen all the time. Good riddance.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Please stop requiring uplay its so annoying you start the game on steam yet you still have to use uplay.

pozium
pozium

That's good news. But what about for previous games? I have two uplay accounts, and I'd like to play all my games on one account rather than retyping email and password each time I wan't to play a different game ]for PC]

sortajan
sortajan

single-player is one person .multiplayer is more than one person. there are no blurred lines. just a bunch of fucks trying to convince you that constant internet connections help you to better connect with people. or did we learn fuck all from the 90's?

roaland
roaland

this is just plane copying. dropping all the stupid, this is nothing but copying ^^

ewjiml
ewjiml

" 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," Ubisoft said in a statement."

That is the one of the most twisted, convoluted statements I have ever heard.   Their online pass program was never "about" the customer but about taking away customers rights and tacking on a fee for multiplayer.  It is extortion, simple as that.   

leimonides
leimonides


This is some great news - although I never bought-into online passes; I adamantly refused to sign up for any such thing. But what will take its place, is the question. Where are they going from here? 

And really, why have they just now "listened" to; is this feedback really so recent? How long has this Uplay Passport been in existence? And since when is Single Player and Multi-player styles that have "blurring lines"? 

As a side note, as I am interested in playing the game (but won't be getting it yet) It's still lame that they took an aspect of what is part of the single-player game and made it only do-able as a sudo multi-player game.  Just add the damn activity fully to the multi-player and call it a day. What is the in-game SINGLE player alternative activity to what you get by doing this mini-game? 

bluefox755
bluefox755

Lol @ people that blame the used gaming market for the troubles in the industry. If I sell couches I don't blame craigslist if my business is doing bad. There will always be a market for folks who want new things, if you can't survive in business without shifting the blame onto used products, then maybe you should find a job you're better at.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Hmm. Seems like there might have been some backlash to the Assassins Creed announcement.

codeman101360
codeman101360

A big publisher actually doing something consumer friendly? No, there's gotta be a catch...

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@TenraiSenshi ohhhh how I would like to come face-to-face with the guy that said THAT.  

I am HATING how much of the next-gen stuff coming out is going to be single-multi hybrid.  FML.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Zatto-1 Amen. That shit is a blight on my PS3, my 360, and my damn computer.

LilithN
LilithN

@mrdouglas99 Anno 2070 lol (thats a great game btw), you werent there when HOMM6 came out. I couldn't play the game for a month properly, as the uplay was crashing on itself, couldn't connect with their servers, and couldn't play in offline as it removed complete gameplay mechanics from the game! Hahahaha. It took not kidding 10 minutes to synchronize save files. I'm still not sure why we have to put up with this sh*t.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@sortajan OMG this.  THIS x 1000000000.

I was seriously beginning to think that *I* was the only gamer out there who detested most multiplayer crap.

cirugo
cirugo

@leimonides
"And since when is Single Player and Multi-player styles that have "blurring lines"? "

Since they have kept trying to come up with some excuse to require single-player games to require an internet connection.  In other words...it's bullshit.

frankwyte81
frankwyte81

@bluefox755 Or make a game good enough to make people want to run out and buy it for the full pice of $60. So, they can stop making these games every year and make them every other year to give them time to come up with a better product. Look at GTA, people love it because it shows up and plays great, then it goes away. Then it repeats this cycle and it is proven successful.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@codeman101360 How about this, they drop some fees and in exchange they will force you to be always online, because now it's an integral part of the game and "always on" cannot be avoided..