After outlining their plans to introduce a “Ubisoft Passport” (an online pass) earlier this week , Ubisoft have quickly backtracked on the idea.
Ubisoft Retract Online Pass Plan
Online Passes and restricted content released after the games launch have become an unwelcome trend in the video game industry over the last few years.
Game publishers feel that since they lose out massively on aftermarket second hand sales there must be a system in which they can continue to provide the gamer content while reaping the benefits of the additional revenue well after launch date.
It all sounded good in practice. Once the game has been fully devoured additionally content would then become available for the gamer if they so wish to continue playing. However many feel that the system has been abused and game publishers have purposely been restricting content that should have been included in the game in the first place.
“Ubisoft Passport” plan scrapped for future titles
While gamers have been getting used to the idea of certain multiplayer modes being blocked off it appears they will not stand for portions of the single-player campaign to be unavailable without a suitable season pass.
Ubisoft have reacted to the outrage by backtracking on any plans to introduce a season pass system for Assassin’s Creed IV along with future titles.
A statement from the company revolving around the issue..
“In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, “Edward’s Fleet” is an innovative online single player feature that allows players to interact with multiple players on consoles or via the game’s companion app. Every new copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag includes the Uplay Passport code needed to unlock this online feature. However, we 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.
Also, we will be eliminating the Uplay Passport program from all future Ubisoft games moving forward.”
Good News For Gamers As Ubisoft Followe EAs Lead
The abandonment of online passes is sure to please gamers and this news follows EAs announcement that they were also scrapping the practice.
As for Assassins Creed IV – early reviews are proving to be positive and the game is set to be launched on all systems before the end of the month.
Ubisoft Scrap Online Pass For Assassin’s Creed IV