Ubisoft revamps Uplay PC; offers $1 games this weekend

Ubisoft, which hasn't made many friends in hardcore PC gaming audience in the last couple of years, has just launched a new way to purchase and download games from its library of titles. Basically, Ubisoft has revamped its Uplay service and made it closer in design to Valve's Steam program.

The official Uplay website explains that, rather than download and launch Ubisoft games separately, the new version has a downloadable client like Steam and Origin. This will let users download and play all Ubisoft's games in one location. The new client supports cloud-based saves, which means you can play, say, Far Cry 2 on one PC and then stop and play on another PC at the same place you saved.

The new Uplay has also thrown in features such as friends lists and chat features. Uplay users can also earn achievements and rewards while playing games that will allow them to access more content.

While this sounds very similar to Steam and Origin, keep in mind that Ubisoft is also the company that believes in an "always on" DRM set up for some of its PC games, even if you are in single player. It remains to be seen if gamers will embrace this new version. The company is trying to sweeten the deal by offering 75 percent off the price of number of Ubisoft games this weekend, with one game a day priced at just $1 (at the moment, it's H.A.W.X. 2).

Source: Uplay website | Image via Ubisoft

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14 Comments

Glassed Silver said,
IT'S A TRAP!!!

...uhm, but wasn't it Ubisoft who said they'll let go of this always-online-DRM BS in future titles?

GS:ios

From past ubisoft games such as settlers where I've had so many problems trying to play the game (due to their DRM servers not being stable) being kicked out of the game without ability to save etc, is so frustrating that I'm surprised I didn't actually mash my monitor to bits.

The fact that you have to be online regardless to play a game is just bonkers, online multiplayer I can understand, but I've been without internet for a few months, its only then when you realise how many games are starting to enforce always on or call you a pirate because you don't have an internet connection is worrying.

Blizzard's latest offering does the same thing, and I've stayed clear of it. It boggles the mind how they get away with calling it an online single player experiance. Fact is, its just enforce allways on DRM.

dont even care if almost everyone has internet connections, they (ubisoft DRM servers) go down, your ISP goes down, and people sometimes just simply don't have internet. That alone should be enough for companies not to do stupid grap like this.

Nope.

Until Nubisoft start putting more attention into the quality of their ports and less into their crappy DRM I won't touch any of their games. Not even if they paid me.

dr_crabman said,
Everyone buy Driver when it comes up for 1$! Underappreciated gem.

good game terrible music and I can't really get into 'classic cars' that much

I might try to finish it someday, but I doubt it.

I'm sick and tired of platforms. I have Origin, I have Steam. That is too many as it is.
Just fold into the ones we have, jeez.

Zappa859 said,
I'm sick and tired of platforms. I have Origin, I have Steam. That is too many as it is.
Just fold into the ones we have, jeez.

If you have any Ubisoft games released in the last several years, you already have Uplay. It was guaranteed to happen eventually.

Zappa859 said,
I'm sick and tired of platforms. I have Origin, I have Steam. That is too many as it is.
Just fold into the ones we have, jeez.

If you have any Ubisoft games released in the last several years, you already have Uplay. So if you don't want to buy anything from them, don't. I doubt Ubi is pulling out of Steam releases.

Deranged said,

If you have any Ubisoft games released in the last several years, you already have Uplay. It was guaranteed to happen eventually.

I buy all my Ubisoft games (Assassin's Creed series) for the Xbox. So I can avoid this stuff. I tried Driver: SF for PC but got a refund from Steam (which was surprisingly easy) after I had issues with the game running, and when I saw uPlay. (I reluctantly installed it this one time, and removed it and the game within the same hour. Never again.)

So, no, I don't have it. Ubisoft makes great games, but horrible PC ports, with very unneeded software, and crap DRM. I'll stick to their games on consoles, as I don't support their PC division, and would rather pirate their PC ports, if I was going to get them at all, by this point.
Buying for Xbox, I still support the awesome devs who make one of my all-time favorite series, without dealing with the corporate BS of Ubisoft and their horrible software.

Zappa859 said,
So, no, I don't have it. Ubisoft makes great games, but horrible PC ports, with very unneeded software, and crap DRM. I'll stick to their games on consoles, as I don't support their PC division, and would rather pirate their PC ports, if I was going to get them at all, by this point.

Ironic. They're one of the first devs to add DX11 support and treat the PC platform as a leading platform rather than an also ran like most multiplatform games up to this year. Yes, they release games a little later than the console versions, but they're also much better than the console versions.

As far as the DRM, can't argue that point. But I'm fairly sure they relaxed it considerably since the original hate parade.

As to 'unneeded' some people say the same thing about Steam...but anyway. That conversation could last years.

Deranged said,

As far as the DRM, can't argue that point. But I'm fairly sure they relaxed it considerably since the original hate parade.

As to 'unneeded' some people say the same thing about Steam...but anyway. That conversation could last years.

I'm one person who could do without Steam as well. I prefer sing GoG or GamersGate for my deals. If Steam didn't have some amazing deals though, I wouldn't use it.

Yeah, I misworded, and what I meant by horrible PC port, was the DRM, not saying their ports of the gameplay are bad, but they might as well be when the DRM leaves the game unplayable.

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