If you play console games, you’ve likely encountered an online pass. Usually, a code is included in the box with a new game that you use to register the game and unlock multiplayer content. It’s usually for multiplayer stuff. However, Ubisoft is extending its version of an online pass to single-player content for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
Ubisoft is calling it a Uplay Passport. More like F-U-play if you ask gamers. You enter a code for the game and it will unlock the ability to add ships you board to your fleet. Those ships can then be sent on missions that will return with useful items and money, after the missions are completed. This is a feature of the single-player campaign, not multiplayer. However, it will not work without the Uplay Passport. That really…sucks.
So if you borrow Black Flag from a friend, or buy a used copy it won’t work. Ubisoft does offer a way around this. The ability to purchase a new Uplay Passport code. The problem is that if you purchase the game used, Black Flag will require a further payment to fully unlock the single player content. We don’t know how much a Uplay Passport will cost. Ubisoft probably wants at least $10 for one, I would guess.
Gamers do not appreciate this sort of thing and they should know better. This could affect sales big time once word gets out. You might as well call the game Assassin’s Fleece. It will be interesting to see what happens.
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