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Ubisoft Stops Charging $10 for Online Gaming 'Passport'

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Fans of "Assassin’s Creed" or other Ubisoft games who rented the game, borrowed it from a friend or bought it used have missed out on some content for years. That will be the case no longer. Today (Nov. 1) Ubisoft announced it is ending the practice of putting content behind an online pass, starting with "Assassin’s Creed 4."

For years, video game companies have had online passes and "passports" included in their games. Typically, it is a code on a slip of paper included in the game’s box that allows access to online multiplayer games and/or to special content for single player campaigns. The companies typically charged $10 to download these passes, acting as a revenue source from those who rent games or buy them used. Thus, the passes acted as an incentive to buy the game new.

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Ubisoft has had such passports for almost every entry in its popular "Assassin’s Creed" series, and tied them to its online loyalty program Uplay, which gave additional game bonuses to players who share personal information with the company. After reports that AC4’s Passport not only restricted multiplayer access, but also access to a feature of the single player game, Ubisoft said that it would no longer charge for this passport. Furthermore, the company announced that it will no longer use such passports in future games.

The statement on Ubisoft’s website reads, “Games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is ‘single player’ and what is ‘multiplayer.’ 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.”

The content in question was a feature called Edward’s Fleet, in which players can send out the ships they have captured playing as pirate Edward Kenway out on missions. These missions earned players additional money and resources to use in the game. And it was tied to the AC4 companion app for Android tablets and iPads, which players use to manage the fleet or interact with the fleets of other players.

Players will now be able to download AC4’s passport free of charge. Ubisoft is directing those who have already bought the passport to stay tuned to the Ubisoft blog for information on getting credit or a refund.

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    kanoobie , November 1, 2013 2:11 PM
    "Thus, the passes acted as an incentive to buy the game new."

    I Disagree. It's more like a deterrent to buy the game used. People dissuaded by the fee probably can't or won't buy that game new.
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    HEXiT , November 1, 2013 2:37 PM
    it actually stopped a lot of people buying there games period...
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    rawoysters , November 1, 2013 2:44 PM
    Ubisoft has really made some improvements in the last year with the changing of their DRM policies and now this. They seem to be going in the opposite direction of companies like EA.
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    Immaculate , November 1, 2013 3:27 PM
    I play AC for the single player anyways, the passes never really bothered me, but Im not saying I support it.
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 1, 2013 4:36 PM
    I'm so glad they stopped doing that... it's like this weight has been lifted off my shoulders... Ubi what? :p 
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    fat_panda , November 1, 2013 4:36 PM
    I would like them to stop using Uplay as well.
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    logox , November 1, 2013 5:31 PM
    Good move... That was kinda annoying.
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    toastybatch565 , November 2, 2013 6:17 AM
    I love how people are saying that they are going the opposite direction of EA, but EA actually removed the online pass FAR earlier than Ubisoft. EA is still a horrible company for making day one DLC for 40 dollars more (premium) making a game that should be priced 40-35 dollars due to its lack of a good singleplayer (from what I have been told at least) 100 dollars. They are ridiculous, but they have a lot of good games under their belt, which is why people keep on buying into their BS.
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    taptempo , November 2, 2013 9:14 PM
    The online passcode thing is so stupid. What's that? I need to buy the game again for another code? Ok, I just won't play your game then.
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    bowzef , November 3, 2013 11:17 AM
    another source revenue eh? lmao and they think its ok to do that to begin with? lmao any way to take more money away from consumer to put in there pockets
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    matt_b , November 4, 2013 6:17 AM
    Kill online authentication and Uplay next and we may have a complete comeback.
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