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.

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