With its pirate theme, nautical gameplay plays a big role inside Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Like any good buccaneer captain, protagonist Edward Kenway has the option to board other ships in order to take command of rival ships. Unfortunately, players can only capture other ships for use inside their own fleet if they enter an online pass code. As reported by Game Informer on Oct 29, copies of Assassin’s Creed IV come with Uplay Passport code which must be redeemed in order to be able to capture ships and build a fleet inside the game.
It seems an odd move to gate game content behind the Uplay Passport when other publishers, such as Electronic Arts, have discontinued the use of online passes within their titles. Furthermore, these codes are generally block access to a game’s multiplayer mode. Ubisoft, however, has decided to limit access to single player content by attaching fleet building to a passport code. This means that rentals and households with multiple gamers will be unable to experience a one of Black Flag’s most pirate-themed mechanics.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is out now on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. The Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC versions of the game launches late next month.