In response to community feedback, Ubisoft have scrapped the Uplay Passport scheme (their version of the online pass) - and even removed it wholesale from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
"Assassin's Creed fans, we heard you loud and clear," explained communications manager Gary Steinman on the Ubisoft blog.
"We listen to our community and understand that there are concerns over some players' ability to access this feature, so we have decided to eliminate the cost of the Uplay Passport for Black Flag. This ensures that everyone will be able to use the companion app, Edward's Fleet, online multiplayer and available bonus content at no additional cost."
If you don't already have one, you can download a Uplay Passport for Black Flag for free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. If you've already bought one, contact your local Ubisoft support.
"The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards," Steinman continued.
"However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is single-player and what is multiplayer. Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognised that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games.
"We will keep listening to your feedback. We hope the change we're making today alleviates any concerns you have about using the Edward's Fleet feature or future online features of Ubisoft's games."
It does, actually.