Ubisoft today officially joined the ranks of EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam by releasing their own digital distribution site for PC games. The Ubisoft digital distribution site uPlay still has some issues and their game catalog is minuscule compared to Steam or even Origin. However, this site doesn’t only act as a storefront, it also acts as a “universal launcher” as well. Basically it ties all uPlay into one area where all your existing money and rewards are still valid and not to mention your Ubi profile will be linked across all platforms as well.
As a way to welcome people to the system Ubisoft is having a gigantic sale on many of their games over the week. You can pick these games up for just $1 on the specific day:
”Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 today, From Dust on Friday, Silent Hunter 5 on Saturday, andDriver: San Francisco on Sunday.”
Not to mention the two most recent Assassin’s Creed games are both at a huge discount for PC. So with Assassin’s Creed 3 release just around the corner, now would be a good time to pick up an Assassin’s Creed game you missed.
It will be interesting to see if people actually start using their website or not, as Ubisoft doesn’t have the best track record with PC players to say the least. In fact they are probably one of the most despised PC publishers in the gaming community because of their terrible DRM. Not to mention they just had to fix a major security hole in their uPlay system as well.
Also at this point we don’t know what Ubisoft’s future plans for the site are. In other words, I will be very curious to see if Ubisoft pulls an EA and doesn’t allow certain games to be sold on competitors digital distribution sites. I don’t think it will happen any time soon but I could definitely see Ubisoft only digitally distributing their games on uPlay and nowhere else. Forcing people to actually use their site instead of Steam, but at this point it is too early to tell.
Would any of you be willing to buy games off their uPlay website or will you stick to buying games off of Steam only?