Online pass required to do optional, offline activity.
By Tim Colwill on October 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm
This won’t affect PC gamers as much — if at all — but at this moment we can’t be sure, so here’s the information anyway: it looks like users who don’t enter a Uplay Passport code and have it verified online are unable to use Assassin’s Creed 4‘s in-game fleet management system.
After taking over enemy vessels in combat, you have the option to add the ship to your fleet. Once it’s there you can send it on missions and things, which is all very cool… but apparently if you don’t have a Uplay Passport, this feature is not available to you.
The Uplay Passport is seperate to a Uplay account; it’s a game-specific code included with console copies. While the fleet management system does contain some online aspects, these are entirely optional, and the whole thing can be done offline.
Ubisoft have yet to comment.