Online passes won our “most useless feature” of the generation, but they still exist for some reason. Assassin’s Creed 4 is no exception, but it may be lingering in areas it doesn’t need to.
According to reports, Assassin’s Creed 4 requires an online pass for adding ships you board and take over into your fleet. Users with new copies of the game, and activated with UPlay, will be able to do so. Players with used copies, that don’t activate the specific code for AC4, will not be allowed to add the ship to a fleet. Ship Command is also limited based on the code.
The code is a Uplay passport that is specific to AC4, so simply activating the game on your Uplay account does nothing to help. This begs the question of how far is too far with online codes?
Anyone that has played Assassins Creed probably doesn’t care too much about this feature. I personally didn’t, I mean its a neat feature, but you still get a complete experience without it. My personal fear is that this idea spreads to other things. What will be locked out of future games? I think the industry is going about attacking the used game market in the worst possible way by attacking the consumers and not the retailers .
Assassins Creed 4 is currently availible for PS3 and 360, and will be ready mid November for Xbox One and PS4!