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Ubisoft scraps Uplay pass scheme starting with 'Assassin's Creed 4'

Ubisoft has scrapped its Uplay online pass.

Communications manager Gary Steinman said the firm scrapped the pass not only for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, but for all Ubisoft titles in future.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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The Uplay pass guarded access to certain features in Assassin's Creed 4.

"The Uplay Passport programme was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards," he said in a statement.

"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 recognised 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 decision comes after the Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag community expressed complaints over access to features behind the Uplay pass, such as multiplayer and the companion app.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag was released earlier this month.

The pass is still available but it is now a free download. Users who had purchased the Uplay pass for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag have been advised to contact Ubisoft customer support.

Ubisoft has said that its Uplay service will be deeply integrated in games on Xbox One and PS4, and will have a dedicated app.

It also released version 4.0 of its Uplay PC client in October, with a "more robust platform" and download manager, improved sharing functionality and integrated Twitch streaming.

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