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Ubisoft makes Driver: San Francisco online content free for all

Ubisoft is abandoning its online pass for Driver: San Francisco following reports that some US players are receiving incorrect UPlay Passport codes with their original copies. Although the issue has yet to pop up outside of North America, the studio today announced it will be making the entirety of Driver: SF's multiplayer content free for everyone across the globe, rather than charge second-hand purchasers an online access fee as originally planned.

“Due to a printing error on the insert of some copies of Driver: San Francisco in North America, Ubisoft has elected to provide the Driver Uplay Passport content for free,wrote Ubisoft in an online statement, adding, “Although this problem does not affect players outside of North America, we have decided to mirror this offer to everyone in the world in order to be fair to all our players.

To benefit from Ubisoft's giveaway, players must select the 'Start My 2-Day Free Trial' in-game option, and click 'Purchase UPlay Passport'. This method will work for all players - new or used - and grant full access to the game's Film Director feature and 11 multiplayer modes. Players who have already purchased the UPlay Passport are instructed to contact Ubisoft.

Ubisoft's latest From Dust PC DRM debacleleft the studio on shaky ground with more than a few gamers, so it makes sense on a PR level that the studio would ditch Driver: SF's  multiplayer fee at the first sign of trouble to avoid further ill-will. That's not to say the UPlay Passport isn't gone for good, just that this ride is on the house.

Sep 7, 2011

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6 comments

  • LeSieg - September 7, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    This is why every series shouldn't be mega-successful. Every once in awhile, it's nice to see the publisher bending to the whims of the much-desired customers.
  • bboyd - September 7, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    People seem pretty pissed here for no good reason. Uplay was nothing but free rewards to begin with. They goofed this time, and even when they make amends, people still complain. Our generation is a sour one.
  • rabidpotatochip - September 7, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    "Free rewards" that are only available if you bought the game new or paid extra after buying it used. Yeah, it's kind of funny people would complain about that.
  • rabidpotatochip - September 7, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    "Okay, we really crapped in the bed on this one. Sales are down again, legitimate customers are pissed off again... what can we do to spin this?" Time passes.... "omgwtfbqq! No one bought our game! It must be teh pirates!" I give them credit for trying to fix things but this is getting ridiculous. Is alienating current and future customers really worth squeezing the used market for all it's worth?
  • MadMan - September 7, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    Well now i'm more likely to buy a used copy of this game in the future, thanks Ubisoft
  • ruskii - September 7, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    @Madman - seconded.

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