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Ubisoft axes Uplay Passport, AC4 restrictions lifted

Online pass axed from future Ubisoft games; Assassin's Creed IV content unlocked

Ubisoft has ditched its 'Uplay Passport' initiative - the firm's take on the 'Online Pass' that restricted content for borrowed or second-hand copies of its games.

The publisher has also lifted applicable restrictions in Assassin's Creed IV, which made headlines earlier this week for placing a core single-player mechanic behind a paywall.

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"Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games," confirmed the publisher in a statement today.

"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," it added.

"However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is single player and what is 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."

This comes after it emerged this week - sparking fan uproar - that Uplay Passport restrictions imposed on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will block those without a pass from sending ships in their fleet on missions in the single-player campaign, effectively omitting a core mechanic of the game.

Used copy owners would have needed to purchase a Uplay Passport code to unlock those features. But with today's development Ubisoft has made Uplay Passport codes available free to all via each platform's respective online stores.

Those who have already purchased a Uplay Passport code for ACIV can contact their regional Ubisoft support.

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