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Ubisoft Launches Uplay PC Distribution & Social Platform

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Move over Steam and Origin: here comes Uplay PC from Ubisoft with loads of discounts in tow.

It's true: I have no friends.It's true: I have no friends.

Ubisoft officially launched Uplay PC on Thursday during Gamescom 2012, its own digital distribution and social platform for PC gamers.

According to Ubisoft, Uplay PC replaces individual game launchers and lets players access all their Uplay-enabled PC games and Uplay services in the same place. But like Steam, users must download a desktop app which enables friend chat and enhances shopping right from the desktop. Game saves and serial keys are stored in the cloud, allowing users to install their favorite titles anywhere and resume where they left off.

“Uplay PC is a great way for customers to discover Ubisoft’s games, connect with their friends and gaming communities, and win achievements and content that’s not available anywhere else.” said Stephanie Perotti, Worldwide Director for Online Games, Ubisoft. “For PC gamers that are already fans of Ubisoft’s titles or have been considering trying some of our classics, this promotion is a great deal, and our way of saying thank you for their support.”

To celebrate the launch of Uplay PC, the company is offering PC versions of Driver: San Francisco, From Dust, Silent Hunter 5 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 for just $1 USD for a limited time. Other popular titles -- including 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 discounted up to 75-percent, also for a limited time.

Ultimately through the PC client, Ubisoft customers can browse and re-download their games (without having to worry about OS-crashing DRM), redeem rewards for all platforms, play supported titles offline, browse through the integrated shop, and discover free-to-play games and demos. Sound familiar? It should -- that's similar to what Steam and EA's Origin offers. What this new platform launch means for Ubisoft's support on Valve's Steam service is unknown at this point, and we've reached out for a comment.

For more information about Uplay PC, or to download the actual client, head here.

UPDATE: "Today’s Ubisoft’s Uplay PC announcement does not change our ongoing support of Steam," a rep told Tom's Hardware in an email.

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    Steelwing , August 17, 2012 3:23 AM
    I'm not touching Ubisoft anything with a 10-foot pole.
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    shin0bi272 , August 17, 2012 3:07 AM
    so wait if they arent dropping their steam support... why do we need this?
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    shin0bi272 , August 17, 2012 3:07 AM
    so wait if they arent dropping their steam support... why do we need this?
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    tomfreak , August 17, 2012 3:12 AM
    Just checked, good news, I login their web with my Uplay login and I have my steam ubisoft game there. Hopefully can by pass the steam DRM. *(update, see post below, it wont allow me to download my steam ubisoft game, so F* them)

    Buying ubisoft game in steam = Use steam + Uplay to play = which sucks more than just Uplay alone.
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    Steelwing , August 17, 2012 3:23 AM
    I'm not touching Ubisoft anything with a 10-foot pole.
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    bustapr , August 17, 2012 3:27 AM
    that 1euro game deals are very good. But I cant help but feel like they shouldnt be on the USA part of the website -.- ubisoft trying to lure unsuspecting gamers into its service with some false advertising?
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    MAC_HATER , August 17, 2012 3:34 AM
    getting real sick of yer sh*t PC games industry - i now count at least 6-8 separate proprietary content delivery systems that are choked down with DRM interfering with the experience - if this crap keeps up im going to have to just buy the games, stash them in a cupboard without even opening them, and download the cracked version thats stripped of the parent handler application and DRM just to avoid having to stuff around with this nonsense!
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    fenixkane , August 17, 2012 3:37 AM
    As long as Steam support isn't cut, there isn't an issue for them or any other customers, and this does make sense from a business standpoint.
    It gives them a direct outlet to sell to gamers that does not have any middleman, meaning they get 100% of the profits per purchase. If, for some reason, a player really wanted to make sure Ubisoft gets 100% of the money from their purchase, they now have an outlet to do that.
    That said, I'll still be buying my games off of Steam. Also I wont buy anything with extremely restrictive DRM, which Ubisoft has up the nose, so I wont be buying their games regardless. (And yes, while Steam itself is a form of DRM, it doesn't hinder me from doing much, and I get a ton of services and other benefits to counter-balance it)
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    tomfreak , August 17, 2012 3:41 AM
    Update, F* them. They are worst than Origin. I just installed Uplay, and my steam Ubisoft game that require Uplay to launch isnt there.

    Dont bother using it until they allow steam user to download the game there.
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    alidan , August 17, 2012 3:52 AM
    who would get a ubisoft game on the pc?
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    Anonymous , August 17, 2012 3:55 AM
    I'm afraid that every publisher now is going to make their own digital distribution platform, eventually leading to a "walled garden" approach to distributing of their new titles. EA did this with Crysis 2 under the guise of a contract dispute with Steam shortly after Origin opened and then didn't bother hiding their intentions with Battlefield 3 nor Mass Effect 3 (both of which I still do not own). Hopefully, Ubisoft doesn't follow EA's example.
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    Cons29 , August 17, 2012 4:02 AM
    to be honest, i like several of their games, but with the issues i've been reading i wont buy any of those unless it is a very very good game. but with my back log of games, they won't get anything from me anytime soon
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    randomizer , August 17, 2012 4:46 AM
    The primary (stated) purpose of these platforms is to prevent you needing lots of launchers and to centralise everything. The problem is that every publisher now has their own launcher, so we're back at square one.

    At least Uplay actually does something now, rather than just being a place for duplicated achievements that I already got on Steam.
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    Maxor127 , August 17, 2012 4:59 AM
    alidanwho would get a ubisoft game on the pc?

    Me when they're $75% off on Steam. Around $10 for 50+ hours of gameplay with no issues at all.
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    Pennanen , August 17, 2012 5:26 AM
    So its steam #3 (?) but with always online drm and whatnot crap.
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    alidan , August 17, 2012 5:33 AM
    Maxor127Me when they're $75% off on Steam. Around $10 for 50+ hours of gameplay with no issues at all.

    i can see it when they are dirt cheap, what i meant was is it worth it to the point to try and make an online store and social network around your games when you completely screw the pc side of things with almost every release.
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    assasin32 , August 17, 2012 9:53 AM
    Wow their website sucks, you can't even right click on it as it's disabled on the buy now game pages. So I couldn't even select a game title and copy and paste it into a browser and search for it. I hate to know how DRM infested their wannabe steam software is.

    Went there thinking about spending $2-4 on the games particularly HAWX 2, and just beat those and probably uninstal it all but they are doing this as a day by day promotion and couldn't even buy the HAWX 2 game as that was yesterday promotion. Now I have zero reasons to buy anything on it and more reasons to not purchase it as I already have steam and no need to replace it.

    A bit disapointed in their site too, it feels too "shiney" and trys to throw a lot of things at you instead of staying simplistic. And you have to click on games to find the prices instead of giving you their information directly on the same page so you have to travel to that particular page to just find that information.
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    reviewer889 , August 17, 2012 12:54 PM
    OK so now we really need to watch what we buy.
    The gaming industry is going in a way where it's trying to corner the gamers into buying they're shit games that shouldn't be worth more than 10$.
    In case it's not clear, EA-Origin, Ubisoft-Uplay, etc, etc. and it's not going to get any better because they're all going to go proprietary. Atleast Steam is all publishers pretty much but will eventually will be forced out because of the greed of EA(of course) and now Ubi and the others.
    -We need to stop paying for subscription fees for MMOs
    -We need to stop paying for EA's yearly release of the same game every single year(COD,Madden,NHL,NBA,Tiger Woods)FYI i've been avoiding them for 4 years and i've found some really GREAT games. I will never go back
    -We can't support publisher proprietary distribution platforms.
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    atikkur , August 17, 2012 1:06 PM
    still implementing always on drm in your games? then i dont need your games or service..
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    cknobman , August 17, 2012 1:15 PM
    Ubisoft does not make a game that warrants playing on the PC so why would I want their service?

    The sale you say??? Well I can just wait and go pick up their games from the bay or gamestop used for pennies on the dollar for my crapbox 360.

    Steam is enough for me and I only have Origin because I wanted BF3 (yes it actually does warrant playing on a PC over console).

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    teh_chem , August 17, 2012 1:21 PM
    I would encourage people to look up Driver:SF and Uplay issues--their crappy Uplay DRM actually causes the game to freeze intermittently during gameplay when there's an active internet connection. If you disable your internet connection, the intermittent freezing go away. They can't even get their lame DRM working with their own games--why would I actually want to use their "service" for anything else? It was literally the first time I bought a game with DRM that prevented me from playing the game...
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    assasin32 , August 17, 2012 1:42 PM
    teh_chemI would encourage people to look up Driver:SF and Uplay issues--their crappy Uplay DRM actually causes the game to freeze intermittently during gameplay when there's an active internet connection. If you disable your internet connection, the intermittent freezing go away. They can't even get their lame DRM working with their own games--why would I actually want to use their "service" for anything else? It was literally the first time I bought a game with DRM that prevented me from playing the game...


    Quite a bit of games out there right now I refuse to buy due to DRM or else I would have jumped and bought them a long time ago. Diablo III was going to buy on release till I heard you needed constant internet connection, a bunch of Assassin Creed games, as well as quite a few others. So I typically avoid them for the same reason the DRM does nothing but cause problems and does not give you anything in return.
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