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Ubisoft launches UPlay for digital distribution

Ubisoft launches UPlay for digital distribution

Ubisoft has entered the digital distribution market on PC with UPlay, a new online store.

GamesCom 2012: Ubisoft has entered the digital distribution market by today launching UPlay PC, a new launcher and digital distribution platform for all it's existing UPlay games.

UPlay, if you're not aware, is Ubisoft's online platform and DRM device. It often requires games to be online in order to play even singleplayer content and has been less than popular with gamers as a result.

The new features of the UPlay PC application include a friends list and chat option, as well as the obvious ability to download and update games.

To help celebrate the launch of UPlay PC, Ubisoft has announced a number of sales for launch period, slashing games such as Driver: San Francisco, From Dust, Silent Hunter 5 and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 to just £1 for a limited period.

Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Might & Magic: Heroes® VI, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction are all discounted up to 75 per cent as well, if you're interested.

Are you interested? Let us know your thoughts in the forums and be sure to check out the rest of our GamesCom 2012 coverage while you're at it.

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Mankz 16th August 2012, 23:21 Quote
Anno for 75% off?

Yes im interested. Very interested.
faugusztin 16th August 2012, 23:38 Quote
Let's hope they won't be UOffline too much.
Bogomip 17th August 2012, 02:14 Quote
Promo price on Settlers 7 download is £7 more expensive than having a physical copy delivered to my door...

edit: ney, £10 more!
edit2: bought it on amazon for £6.79 :) Maybe I can put my code into UPlay so I can ditch the DVD and then download it.
SMIFFYDUDE 17th August 2012, 06:14 Quote
Ubi can go swivel.
Bindibadgi 17th August 2012, 06:38 Quote
How many of these clients have I got to have installed now?
hughwi 17th August 2012, 07:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
How many of these clients have I got to have installed now?

This ^^^ it's nuts, I count 4 on my machine, and I only have 6 games installed!
Anfield 17th August 2012, 08:48 Quote
after all the drm scandals from ubi like the graphicscard change counting they have the same status for me as Ea, banned from my pc.
Redd13 17th August 2012, 08:48 Quote
This isnt competition its monopolising games sales. I like steam but its taken ten years for me to come around... i have bf3 on origin but i hate it... and too be honest... its going to stop me bothering the buy games that require these new clients...
oh and for the record i have the latest splinter cell and like it.. but i wont be buying the next one if it still needs that Uplay crap.
SighMoan 17th August 2012, 08:56 Quote
I was anti Origin but i really wanted to play BF3 so succumbed in the end. That said, i bought BF3 off Amazon as it was loads cheaper than on Origin. The only Ubi games i play really are Assasins Creed, and after the total shambles that was Revelations, i think i can easily give AC3 a miss thanks.
srgtherasta 17th August 2012, 09:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz
Anno for 75% off?

Yes im interested. Very interested.

No it's not tho, it's showing up to me as 26 quid so more like 25% off. sneaky gits
Dave Lister 17th August 2012, 09:08 Quote
I was very disappointed during the steam sale to find out that one of my purchases needed uplay and another one needed yuplay. In my view anything paid for on steam should have all other DRM stripped out and vice versa. I stopped buying games on my PC for 3-4 years because of all the dodgy DRM , the Steam Sale and a replacement GPU are the only reason I came back, now I'm thinking about leaving it again. I mean I can pick up a pirated copy of any game I want for free and not get this hassle so what is the point ?

I'm a man of principal though so I don't use pirated games, last time I stopped buying PC Games I defected to xbox instead.
fdbh96 17th August 2012, 09:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by srgtherasta
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz
Anno for 75% off?

Yes im interested. Very interested.

No it's not tho, it's showing up to me as 26 quid so more like 25% off. sneaky gits

Same, I would have got it for 75% off :/
SexyHyde 17th August 2012, 09:49 Quote
Well, tempted yes. But its ubi so they could give all there games away for free and I would still not install there POS
steveo_mcg 17th August 2012, 10:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Well, tempted yes. But its ubi so they could give all there games away for free and I would still not install there POS
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Ubi can go swivel.

I'm very firmly is this camp. But even if I wasn't
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
How many of these clients have I got to have installed now?

I can not be arsed installing any more of these, I've avoided BF3 and uninstalled Gratuitous Space Battles because I bought it through Impulse and got sick of GameStop spam delivered straight to my desktop. I'll stick with steam until they get their respective houses in order.
XXAOSICXX 17th August 2012, 10:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Ubi can go swivel.

Absolutely. They could pay ME £1 and I wouldn't install one of their games on my PC.

F**k 'em.
alpaca 17th August 2012, 10:28 Quote
yes, the uplay client is not really up to par. A small but annoying thing: they don't display prices on the front page. I hate it that I have to click on a game before I can see the price. And some buttons (for example the 'edit avatar') just take you to their website instead of doing anything sensible...

Maybe they'll improve, who knows?
suenstar 17th August 2012, 10:37 Quote
As above, getting tired with how many clients we're getting now.
We need some third party company to step in and create a tool and synchronises them all and allows you to shop on all of their systems in one easy to access location.

As for the UPlay server and it's legendary downtime troubles, it doesn't tend to be too bad most of the time... just when they release a major title, so don't expect to be able to play much when Assassin's Creed 3 comes out. :\
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Originally Posted by srgtherasta
No it's not tho, it's showing up to me as 26 quid so more like 25% off. sneaky gits
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
Same, I would have got it for 75% off :/
It was a deal for Thursday only so you must have missed it.
It was definitely 75% off at the time.
GeordieGoose 17th August 2012, 10:44 Quote
I picked up HAWX 2 if £1 . That will be the only thing that gets bought off that pile.

I don't think any company will ever be able to topple steam. There such a big community behind it.

Origin stayed installed for about 2 weeks until the honey moon period of BF3 wore off.
GeorgeStorm 17th August 2012, 11:08 Quote
I have uplay for both anno 2070 and heroes 6, had lots of connection issues early on, but recently has been fine for me, wonder if I can by the expansion for anno from uplay even though i bought the game retail

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GeorgeStorm 17th August 2012, 11:15 Quote
Can't seem to edit on this, zavvi I think had anno for 2 for £25 a while back, cheapest I could find it when someone asked.
fdbh96 17th August 2012, 13:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeordieGoose
I picked up HAWX 2 if £1 . That will be the only thing that gets bought off that pile.

I don't think any company will ever be able to topple steam. There such a big community behind it.

Origin stayed installed for about 2 weeks until the honey moon period of BF3 wore off.

The thing about valve is that they have a good group of games, and I hardly ever notice the drm. Ubisoft do make great games but ruin them through drm and other stuff. I can actually see EAs point with origin as they have a huge collection of games (many of them F2P) and it makes business sense not to have to hand over x% of every sale.
Anfield 17th August 2012, 14:16 Quote
Ubisoft is such a lovely company...

Not.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/01/17/ubi-drm-activation-limits-respond-to-graphics-card-changes/

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/21/ubisoft-bluebyte-changes-anno-2070-drm/

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/07/30/psa-possible-security-risk-in-some-ubisoft-pc-games/

Also:
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In August 2011, Ubisoft released From Dust with DRM protection, contrary to previous statements that the game would not have any DRM related restrictions. Though a promise was made to remove it, after several months the DRM had still not been removed from many if not all copies of the game

False advertising and so on.
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In the February 2008 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM), Editor-in-Chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu asserted that Ubisoft had ceased to provide all Ubisoft titles to the EGM for any coverage purposes as a result of prior critical previews and negative reviews

They also force the press to write positive reviews by cutting those who don't off from review samples.
rollo 17th August 2012, 15:21 Quote
its kinda there decision who reviews there games for free, these sites could still buy the game and review if they cared that much.
Sloth 17th August 2012, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
its kinda there decision who reviews there games for free, these sites could still buy the game and review if they cared that much.
The point isn't that they can't, it's that they shouldn't if they want to be a respectable company.

After the whole affair with From Dust I'll be staying clear of UPlay and anything Ubisoft related. Only bought the game because they said it wouldn't have their DRM, a possible redemption! Then they included it anyway and drove the final nail in the coffin. Fun game, though.
Elton 17th August 2012, 20:02 Quote
Wait, isn't it called UDon'tPlay?

I mean, the only thing I've heard and experienced from them (after ACII..no more) were constant outages. It's like a Californian electricity company on a summer day.
Res 18th August 2012, 04:14 Quote
They suck as PC developers and need to sort out the DRM failures, but can't blame them for this and it will help keep Valve on their toes (they get a lot of love, but I think Steam needs vastly updating, so much it does wrong). If they had done what Origin have done, and allowed you to enter your owned games Serials to add them to Uplay, I'd have probably installed it, but it seems you can't.

As a Vita owner and a fan, I have much love for Ubisoft. Maybe they should just pull out of the PC sector altogether though.
Neoki 18th August 2012, 20:16 Quote
dust showing as £11.99 £7.79
mrbungle 18th August 2012, 21:12 Quote
****ing god awful pile of ****.

On the main page shows all the games on offer for £1 and in fact they aren't at all.

Load of crap un installed.
Roskoken 19th August 2012, 21:04 Quote
**** Ubisoft
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