Following the controversy surrounding the Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag Uplay Passport debacle, which was required to access certain single-player content, Ubisoft has announced that they are dropping these online passes for all of their future titles.
Ubisoft explained that the concept behind initializing these passports was to provide compelling bonus content for players who were willing enough to buy the company’s games brand new.
“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 with Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, those who don’t have a Uplay Passport for the game will be able to download it for free on Xbox Live and PSN.
Ubisoft is the latest company to end their passes. EA, who was the first company to introduce them, killed off the program earlier this year. Sony also recently announced that they will officially disband their passes for all of their first-party exclusive titles. The Japanese giant predicted that this business practice will eventually fade away and it seems it’s happening a lot quicker than expected.