Ubisoft has told CVG that its decision to waive the previously announced online pass fee for Driver: San Francisco is a permanent, worldwide move.
Beginning with Driver, copies of the publisher's "popular core games" were supposed to ship with a valid one-time code required to access multiplayer features, meaning second-hand buyers would have to pay to get in on the action.
However, incorrectly printed Uplay Passport codes in some copies of the game have forced Ubisoft to rethink its strategy. The content is now free worldwide, "doesn't expire and is available on Xbox and PS3", a spokesperson said.
"We wanted to make you aware of an issue with copies of Driver: San Francisco," Ubisoft added in a statement. "Due to a printing error on the insert of some copies of Driver: San Francisco in North America, Ubisoft has elected to provide the Driver Uplay Passport content for free.
"Although this problem does not affect players outside of North America, we have decided to mirror this offer to everyone in the world in order to be fair to all our players."
Yesterday, Ubisoft detailed the first DLC updates for Driver: San Francisco. It's to release 12 new routes for all online modes on September 15 free of charge. Following that, it'll launch another free route each week for the following ten weeks.