Ubisoft dropping UPlay Passport requirement for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag contains a rather unique single player mini-game called Edward's Fleet. To access it though, you need to log in to Ubisoft servers, which you can't do unless you have either enabled the Uplay passport or bought one. While that doesn't seem like a big issue yet, considering the game is still relatively new, charging players for a single player feature down the line if they picked up a used or friends copy seems pretty unfair.
Today, Ubi issued a statement stating that it will patch the game to not require an online pass, which will open up all multiplayer components as well as Edward's Fleet to everyone.
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.
So raise those sails high my friends, and don't worry your scurvy little heads with those pesky Uplay passports, and enjoy the game it was meant to be enjoyed.