According to a report today from VG 24/7, Ubisoft has done an about-face in terms of its policy on online content for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, making all features free.
Until Ubisoft’s decree, Assassin’s Creed 4 gamers who didn’t have or didn’t enter the Uplay Passport code they couldn’t access Edward’s Fleet, an “innovated online feature that allows a single player to interact with multiple players on consoles or via the game’s companion app.”
However, after much consternation from gamers, Ubisoft nixed the entire Uplay Passport system entirely for all titles, which the publisher and developer announced via the Ubiblog.
“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,” the statement said.
“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.”
Gamers without the Uplay Passport for Assassin’s Creed 4 will be able to download it from the PlayStation Network of Xbox Live for free, according to the release, and those who already purchased the service need to contact his or her regional Ubisoft support.
Ubisoft said they initially conceived the program with the hopes of giving players online multiplayer and feature support, while pushing out exclusive content, bonuses and rewards.
But the developer and publisher said they recognized that there’s an ever blurring line of online and offline gameplay, along with single player and 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 statement said.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag launched worldwide Tuesday for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, along with the Wii U in North America.
PS4 versions in North America hit shelves on Nov. 15 and in Europe on Nov. 22. Xbox One games will drop on Nov. 22.