In an official statement, Ubisoft announced it will be “eliminating the Uplay Passport program from all future Ubisoft games moving forward”. The pass forced second-hand buyers to pay Ubisoft $10 for another online pass and subsequently the right to use their game’s online capabilities.
Controversially, recently released Assassin’s Creed IV features a few single-player components that require an Internet connection to access them, and if you don’t have a Uplay Passport (i.e. an online pass) this makes the single-player game more tedious and less enjoyable to play. Luckily, Ubisoft’s announcement includes removing the online pass from AC IV.
This move follows Ubisoft’s earlier decision this year to also halt its PC DRM system. Ubisoft has essentially dropped any attempts at hampering piracy of their games across all media.
Basically, no more terrible DRM will stop legitimate customers from enjoying Ubisoft games. Seems like a win to me.