Some AC IV Single-Player Content Unavailable Without Online Pass

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sid:

Deshara:

sid:
literally the best selling point in AC Brotherhood

... Are you being serious? Yeah, ban me for a short post, but I seriously need to know.

it would've been the assassinating, but you know. And it's not like ACB has anything else going for it

Yeah but that was the absolute worst part! Not only did the game not let you actually assassinate anybody, but it made you do all your assassinations by ordering other people in different countries via text dumps! Your students in a video game were having more fun than you were

Still gonna buy it. I don't see why taking out a minor (and honestly kinda shit) feature as a small incentive to buy new is such a major issue to some people. Also I'm just gonna throw this out there: so far I like Uplay better than Steam.

It's ironic that a game about pirates and their carefreee style of life is now under the oppressive, totalitarian thumb of the online pass. You know, to stop piracy.
Wut.

Damn! That's a HUGE feature for a game about being a pirate and sailing around.

I mean....my head hurts....

Yo dawg, I heard you like pirates.

So we made a game about pirates but took some of the pirating out so you can't pirate if you pirate.

It's almost as if ubisoft appreciates the irony of people pirating their game, and is thus doing their best to discourage actual customers.

Not only is there an online pass for SINGLE PLAYER content...

but you can't access that without being online. What utter bullshit Ubisoft, does that REALLY make the game any better, and does that REALLY get you any extra revenue?

This is utter bullshit. The reason you make online passes only affect online is so people without internet don't get affected since they cant redeem either way. To fuck them over is a dick move. Note that a quarter of 360 users still don't have their system connected to xbox live.

At least EA has the courtesy to cut those parts out of the game and call them DLC. Ubisoft just added a pay wall to features they left in the game.

But seriously, this can not be allowed to stand. I get the MP features requiring a pay wall, but SP pay walls? What's next? Pay $10 to unlock the option to sprint in FPS? Pay $10 to switch weapons? Pay per mission? Fuck 'em.

Xdeser2:
Not only is there an online pass for SINGLE PLAYER content...

but you can't access that without being online. What utter bullshit Ubisoft, does that REALLY make the game any better, and does that REALLY get you any extra revenue?

I almost punched my monitor as I just found out about this. I'm actually so pissed that I cannot type in all caps what would appear to be every curse word i've ever learned. I also refuse to capitalize the "u" in ubisoft, they can suck my appendages; all of them.

I actually defended these assholes, I thought they were coming back around to consumers; simply bullshit. Not buying this game, but I will watch cutscene movie that will be put up on youtube if it isn't already.

I'm just :(

This isn't a strike at pirates. This is a strike at Gamestop and their constant massive promotions of buying used games instead of new. Unfortunately, the players are the collateral damage in their war against them. Take all this however you may.

Friends a week ago: "OMG dude why you no buy Ubisoft games, they make the best shit!"
This... this is why, dealing with these conglomerate motherfuckers has become like a prison shower, sure in concept it's all the same deal up to the point where you get surprise ass rape.

roseofbattle:

The Uplay Passport is different from being a registered Uplay user. Membership is free, but the Passport is a game-specific code included in new copies. The passport grants online access to multiplayer content, but it is also needed for fleet building in single-player content. Ubisoft states on its Uplay page that players can purchase a new Uplay Passport code online within the game. The Uplay Passport costs $9.99. Players using an Xbox 360 alternatively can spend 800 Microsoft Points. Activating a free trial gives temporary access to content that needs the Uplay passport.

That might prove difficult since Microsoft Points were discontinued a while ago.

well I was actually going to get this, hell I probably wouldn't even use the fleet mechanic, but now I'll avoid it or buy used on sheer principle, you don't get to pull crap like this and still get my money Ubisoft, not that I imagine it'll make the slightest difference to them

MatParker116:
Mass Effect 2 (Zaeed), Rage (Sewers) already did something similar.

Considering that Zaeed was add-on content and not having him didn't affect the game at all. If I read this article correctly, this fleet stuff is part of the main game and locked off if you don't buy new. That's a fair difference I'd say.

OT: Wow, so much for renting this from Redbox or the like. Goddammit Ubisoft you BETTER not pull this petty bullshit with South Park later this year. So HELP me I'll find a way to get back at you for it.

major_chaos:
Still gonna buy it. I don't see why taking out a minor (and honestly kinda shit) feature as a small incentive to buy new is such a major issue to some people. Also I'm just gonna throw this out there: so far I like Uplay better than Steam.

I don't know how a sane person could ever possibly say that, but it IS Halloween, so I'm going to assume you're one of them there undead, freshly risen, who thinks Steam is just something that makes your rotted zombified skin smell like mould. ;)

I kid, I kid. But seriously, what do you like better about Uplay? I can't think of one thing I like about it, period. Let alone something that could rival Steam. Heck, I'd put Origin above uplay. But that's me. It's all subjective, I guess.

MatParker116:
Mass Effect 2 (Zaeed), Rage (Sewers) already did something similar.

Rage is right :)

I don't care about multiplayer but I won't be buying the game for two reasons.
1. I have all the previous games on Xbox 360 and they're giving extra single player content to the PS3 now.
2. Once the servers are down I don't want to lose part of my game.

This doesn't affect me personally because I have preordered this game for PC. But it does set a rather bad precedent. Ubisoft needs to drop this attitude as fast as possible, because it could result in a shitstorm, which may hurt their sales more than used game sales.

BloodRed Pixel:
and there goes Ubisoft and pisses on everybody, ... again.

Fixed that for you.

OT: Seriously what the fuck Ubisoft. Sure I wasn't going to buy this game, but I'm looking forward to Watchdogs and Farcry 4. If you pull bullshit like this with those games, it's only going to discourage me from buying them.

RJ 17:

Strazdas:
Seriuosly, why people still buy their stuff?

I was actually going to ask the same thing "Wait...people are actually planning on BUYING this game?" Granted, this news does indeed show what a giant sack of dicks Ubisoft is, but it also implies that people are actually buying this game and would thus have a true reason to be upset about this.

I mean after Brotherhood's poor reception, Revelation's insult of a game, and ACIII's utter failure, I just can't wrap my head around the thought of more than a couple thousand people buying this game. This franchise should be dead, plain and simple.

I mean look at this game, they were so desperate to try and get fans back that they based it around the only mechanic that people actually liked from ACIII: the naval combat. Throw in pirates because they're still popular...right? RIGHT?! And POOF! Here's your new AC game!

AC is a huge franchise. people anticipate them almost like they anticipate GTA games. everyone i know is excited about AC4 andi m the only one not buying here. so yeah, people DO buy them as hotcakes. Brotherhood was the only one that really had poor reception. The others made huge profits for boobiesoft. This franchise wont die for the same reason COD wont die - becuase its profitable as hell.

Is there, like, some sort of physical anthropomorphism of Ubisoft that I could punch in the face repeatedly? Is that a thing that can happen? The level of sheer willful ignorance to use this kind of stupidity when even EA, quite possibly Gaming's King of Stupid Business Decisions dropped it...Ugg. And you know what? I wasn't even intending to buy used. It's just another annoyance that needn't exist and does nothing to stop pirates. Oh, but used games are just as bad as piracy! The company doesn't get paid multiple times for a single copy, so that can't be fair!

UGGG.

For Christ's sake Ubisoft. This is the crap that encourages piracy.

The.Bard:

I don't know how a sane person could ever possibly say that, but it IS Halloween, so I'm going to assume you're one of them there undead, freshly risen, who thinks Steam is just something that makes your rotted zombified skin smell like mould. ;)

I kid, I kid. But seriously, what do you like better about Uplay? I can't think of one thing I like about it, period. Let alone something that could rival Steam. Heck, I'd put Origin above uplay. But that's me. It's all subjective, I guess.

grrruuuhhhh braaaaains
In seriousness: My statement has more to do with me hating basically everything about Steam other than the sales than Uplay being wonderful, but it certainly does some things better IMO. Its just generally faster, more responsive and less of a resource hog than steam, browsing long lists of games in the store is much easier thanks to it being possible to just scroll rather than making you click a button for some ungodly reason and also because when you hit back after looking at a game's page in Uplay you are returned to exactly where you were in the list, rather than back to the top like steam. I also really love using achievement points to actually unlock things. Add to that the fact that Uplay just generally bugs me less than steam (STOP PAUSING DOWNLOADS WHEN I START A GAME DAMN YOU). Literally the only reason I didn't uninstall Steam a long time ago was because of the sales. Those are the only thing Steam does better than other DD platforms.

So... it'll be the pirates that don't have to deal with this bullshit? Since, y'know, they'll crack it and so on, letting them have a more enjoyable experience then legitimate customers?
Well done Ubisoft, well done.

*sigh* Why am I not surprised...

already wasn't planning to buy this game, was maybe thinking about GOTY edition but this...

Thats it not buying it no matter when it comes out

Seracen:

Mcoffey:

Seracen:

When I first used UPlay, I thought it was a cool throwback to the unlockables of old. Then, of course, I realized the unlocks were in the game (which is fine as it was free), and that I'd never have unlocked it without online connectivity (which is not fine at all).

As such, I saw this coming from a mile away, and it isn't as if Ubisoft has had some amazing fidelity to the fans. So, I don't know what I was expecting. What concerns me, however, is what kind of BS they are going to pull with Watch Dogs. They've already got a bunch of pre-order exclusives in place that diminish the quality of the game otherwise.

I wouldn't be surprise if they did "Day One DLC" crap like what EA did to all Bioware games (yes, ALL: DA's Warden Keep, DA2's Exiled Prince, ME2's Zaeed [technically], ME3's Prothean).

Don't forget Shale! A fully fleshed out companion, with hours of dialogue and side quests, completely ripped out of the game... UNLESS you buy new and sign up for the Bioware Social Network of course!

EDIT: I can totally see in Assassin's Creed 7 making all the Present Day shit being buy new, seeing how they're trying so hard to make it barely matter.

On the other hand, that probably wouldn't be much incentive to buy new. It'd probably make people go out of their way to buy used.

Good catch! I modded the heck out of my game, so I'd all but forgotten. I ended up buying DA: O TWICE, Colelctor's Edition preorder AND the GOTY edition. I had preordered DA2, but the store I'd ordered it from went under. I missed the deadline to get the Exiled Prince for free, so I skipped out on DA2 until it hit a bargain bin, as a result.

So yeah EA, there's one case where I was still willing to buy your crap, but your own stupidity lost you a full-priced sale.

Anyhoo, back to Ubisoft...UPlay itself is a somewhat buggy and laggy affair. I'm surprised that these companies don't do a better job at making these shilling scams more attractive and streamlined/fast. The idea being that, by the time you figured it was a scam, you'd already given up all your data.

I remember Ubisoft doing a similar thing with Rainbow Six, IIRC. Free maps for disclosing everything but your social. That was a load of bollocks.

At least you could install and play DA:O on PC without having to be online, sure you missed out on some DLC unlocks, but that makes it better than most PC of gaming IMHO. Skyrim requires registering on Steam and doesn't even give you any free stuff for your trouble

Jasper van Heycop:

At least you could install and play DA:O on PC without having to be online, sure you missed out on some DLC unlocks, but that makes it better than most PC of gaming IMHO. Skyrim requires registering on Steam and doesn't even give you any free stuff for your trouble

I remember just being happy I could mod Skyrim, as I was afraid that Steam would block such manipulation.

I'm not the biggest Steam fan, but it's been relatively innocuous, in my case (thankfully). Although, to be fair, I generally attempt to avoid Steam versions if possible, so as to reduce potential frustration.

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