Driver San Francisco fans rejoice, as Ubisoft has today announced plans to release the first batch of post-release content absolutely free. 12 new routes will be accessible in online modes on September 15th. Then, for the next ten weeks, 10 all new routes will be available to download every week. Again, for absolutely free. Furthermore, Ubisoft has revealed the new game-to-web service Driver Club, which is available right now providing you have a Uplay account.Click here for more on Driver Club
Whoops. After Driver: San Francisco's Uplay Passport (an online pass by any other name) caused a huge amount of controversy on the build up to release, numerous players have reported that their bundled codes simply don't work. Ubisoft has now confirmed that this is down to a massive printing error... and in a stroke of what can only be described as wonderful generosity and feverish desperation, they've opted to offer a free Uplay passport to all players. For the time being.
Here are the details direct from Ubisoft themselves:
There are two ways to access [Driver: San Francisco's] online features:
1. Select Start My 2-Day Free Trial, which will not expire, OR
2. Select Purchase Uplay Passport, which will be provided at no charge.
Either option will unlock the 11 multiplayer modes and the Film Director feature on console titles with Uplay Passport.
We'll keep you posted about whether Ubisoft decide to reinstate the Uplay passport payment after another print run, but for now, it's awesome news. However, I daresay that many gamers will feel cheated out of a few quid after buying a new copy specifically for the multiplayer functionality.
When you think of an open-world game where you hijack vehicles with very little consequence, Grand Theft Auto comes to mind, right? What about an open-world game where you hijack vehicles via coma-induced astral projection? Driver San Francisco. Right? Well, despite their obvious similarities, Ubisoft is keen to emphasize the differences between the two, drawing a clear line between the pair as they attempt to "distance" themselves from 2K's mega-hit.Click here for more on Driver San Francisco
In an effort to discourage pre-owned sales, Ubisoft will be introducing the Uplay Passport when Driver San Francisco hits store shelves at the end of next month. The pass will only be included in new copies of the game, meaning if the game is traded in, the exclusive pass won't translate over to a second owner, who in order to access the online component will be forced to purchase a separate Uplay Pass via Xbox LIVE or Playstation Network.Click here for more