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Ubisoft waiving Driver online pass fee

Publisher forced to rethink strategy following code printing error

Ubisoft is currently not enforcing the previously announced online pass fee for Driver: San Francisco.

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Beginning with Driver, copies of the publisher's "popular core games" were supposed to ship with a valid one-time code required to access online multiplayer , while second-hand buyers wanting to get in on the action would have to pay 800 MS Points (about £6.85) on Xbox 360 and £7.99/$9.99 on PS3.

However, incorrectly printed Uplay Passport codes in some copies of the game have forced Ubisoft to rethink its strategy, temporarily at least.

Ubisoft said today: "When you begin DRIVER: San Francisco, you are prompted with the Uplay Passport menu. The menu has 4 options: "Purchase Uplay PASSPORT," "Activate my Uplay PASSPORT," "Start my 2-Day Free Trial," or "Remind Me Later".

"There are two ways to access these 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."

Ubisoft has yet to comment on how long the Uplay Passport will be free for.

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