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Ubisoft may add third-party games to Uplay to rival Origin & Steam

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Ubisoft’s Uplay store currently offers digital sales of the it first-party titles. But that could change in future, according to Ubisoft’s Stephanie Perotti.

When quizzed on the issue by MCV, Perotti responded, “We remain open to opportunities. Right now, we’re starting the service with our own games, but as we go forward, we plan to potentially add other titles.”

The Uplay app offers digital downloads of Ubisoft titles, and a slew of social features. Would you like to see it expanded? Let us know below.

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19 Comments

  1. KrazyKraut

    that’s a little bit too much..isn’t it?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    Yes, I’d love a fourth digital distribution service, because my ultimate goal is to have one digital distribution client per game I own. It’s awesome to have to remember which client you bought which game on, because heaven forbid buying it on one would open it up on each platform.

    I mean that’d be like buying a DvD and expecting it to work on every player.

    Ubi are the last people on earth I think the PC market would be willing to embrace. I mean for us to forgive past transgressions they would have to do something simply astounding. but they won’t. They’ll just offer inflated base RRP games on “sale”, and then they’ll wonder why nothing really sells.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    To be honest, I would like to see pubs stop trying to replace Steam. I like Steam. I don’t want several store fronts, UIs, friendlists, etc for my PC games. And then there is the matter of price.

    So now, everytime a pub thinks they can get Moar Monies for themself, I either lose their games from Steam or have to go thru their “service” and they pale in comparison to what i have now.

    So, for me. No. I don’t want a Uplay or Origin. I will only buy their games if they are for sale on Steam.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. zinc

    @2,3… Because competition is bad?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Kabby

    Exclusivity to one service is bad. Competition is not.

    As for Ubisoft they are are generally inept at managing anything related to the internet, user rights and distribution. Let’s also not forget that whenever their management bods open their mouths it always ends in a PR disaster.

    They have a right to try and do their own thing but I doubt anyone will want to support them unless forced to by the exclusivity of certain titles.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Competition is bad when the product or service suffers because of it.

    Silk has a good anaology with the DVDs. Imagine having to buy a different player for each DVD you own. Or maybe not each, but having one for each studio that releases movies.

    Besides dominance isn’t always a bad thing either. For example iTunes.

    I know some folks inexplicably hate Apple, but I buy all of my music thru their stores. It is easy to manage, fairly priced, and I feel, is an over all great service.

    Same type of thing with Steam.

    Valve has nothing to worry about from UPlay or Origins.

    But when the games splinter off into different store fronts, the comunity loses. And if, like with EA, I stop buying their products unless they are on Steam…EA loses too.

    I know some folks won’t care, but I know a lot of folks that do.

    You guys have any idea how many VG27 readers are on Steam? Lots and lots of us.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. deadstoned

    Uplay is well behind Steam and even quite a bit behind Origin. The service isn’t very good atm, I won’t be buying anything from then until the service gets substantially better.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. NiceFellow

    @3 when it’s crosses with having a nice standard and negatively impacts consumers then yes.

    The problem here is that the storefronts aren’t storefronts, they tie you in and you end up with a stupid spread of titles across multiple sources and a worse not better position regarding managing your games.

    TBH what’s needed are universal trading standards (that are international) for digital sales to separate the consumer from the source. That would push these services back into a normal storefront and they would then compete on other services and would have to be consistent enough to make it easy to use more than one – so for example allowing me to buy from multiple places but only use the best community service for me.

    As it is the embryonic nature of digital sales and game sales growth combined with publisher consolidation is turning into a nightmare of conflicting services for the consumer.

    It’s really becoming a cluster fuck with too little standardization and regulation.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Talkar

    I welcome Uplay, as i welcomed Origin, and will continue to do so with the inevitable swarm of DRM platforms. The way i see it, we will get burrowed in DRM platforms such as horrible Steam, Origin, Uplay, GFWL and many more no doubt. After a few years only a few, maybe even one will emerge victor, and we, the customers will have received games at favorable prices, and in general better deals because of it. as #5 said “Exclusivity to one service is bad. Competition is not”.

    @2
    Your analogy with DvD’s doesn’t apply here. It would fit if each game you buy had to be played on a different computer.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. roadkill

    What 4, 5 and 9 said. OlderGamer? You are not very smart for your age. Then again people’s wits do tend to regress after they’ve reached a certain age..

    #10 3 years ago
  11. jacobvandy

    I don’t mind competition, but Ubisoft can go suck a dick if they think I’m going to buy ANYTHING from their store for more than $1.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    There’s nothing wrong with competition, and Kabby is spot on. Ubisoft couldn’t sell iced water in the sahara. They’ve done everything they can to make themselves irrelevant on the PC, and the idea of a Ubisoft client is little more than laughable.

    The problem arises when people try to make clients into isolated platforms. That hurts the entire market, and that’s especially relevant when it comes to publishers who can leverage a catalogue of possibly hundreds of games.

    A monopoly doesn’t actually benefit the consumer, it only benefits the publisher.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Talkar

    @12
    What? I can’t believe you just said Steam is bad for gaming o.O
    Kudos sir :P

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    “The problem arises when people try to make clients into isolated platforms.”

    Period. Stop.

    Because that is it in a nut shell right there.

    “A monopoly doesn’t actually benefit the consumer, it only benefits the publisher.”

    I would agree with you, but one can’t prove Steam has hurt the consumer. Infact I would say the opposite is true.

    I just think markets have changed. If you think in terms of closed off consoles, I would agree. In 16bit days if Sega had been the only platform, things would have stagnated. Or if Nintendo and MS weren’t currently in the console space, then we might well be still playing PS2s. But I don’t think PC works that way.

    Steam doesn’t prevent anyone from selling their products elsewhere. but Steam is so good, that is makes most of its consumers not want to buy their games anywhere else. I think that is a big difference. They are great for consumers and great for pubs, esp smaller indie minded ones.

    Steam does have the lions share of the market because they unfairly muscle others out of the biz. They lead the market because gamers want to use their service.

    I have seen Origin, nothing there makes me want to use it over Steam.

    If Steam pulled a few bone head moves, gamers would just get there games somewhere else. It isn’t like Steam is the ONLY place to shop. It doesn’t have that type of monopoly.

    So I kind of disagree with some of the notions here. And I don’t agree that all competition is good. Or all monopolies are bad.

    I think the openess of the PC market keeps Valve on their toes. They can’t get sloppy, lazy and gouge their users, if they did they would lose marketshare.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    Steam isn’t a monopoly. They serve maybe 60% of the market, depending on who you ask, and I’ve personally used something like five other services to buy games.

    @13 Can Steam leverage hundreds of games to subvert the competition? News to me.

    Steams hands aren’t clean when it comes to making deals that are inconvenient for the customer, and bad for the overall competition, but they don’t have nearly the same interest or capacity to do it, that a major publisher does.

    There’s a big difference between proprietary ownership over the games you’re selling, and being a third party retailer. You don’t have to cooperate with anyone if you own the games you’re selling, which means you don’t have to lower prices, or offer a certain standard of service. People have nowhere else to go.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    “There’s a big difference between proprietary ownership over the games you’re selling, and being a third party retailer. You don’t have to cooperate with anyone if you own the games you’re selling, which means you don’t have to lower prices, or offer a certain standard of service. People have nowhere else to go.”

    Fully agree with that. Where I get worried is when the mega pubs start talking about store fronts and download services. And it isn’t that I have a problem with them being able to selling their games, it is when they bundle their games into what they think of as services.

    Thinking about it, I have recently bought games from several different souces too. Most recent being Blizzard and ArenaNet.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. zinc

    Steam may not have a monopoly , but it’s evident that a number of it’s clients wish it had.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    Yeah, the games industry has to be one of the easiest in the world. You can get away with pretty much anything. Online passes, overpriced DLC, subscriptions. You used to be able to get away with some pretty bad DRM too.

    Gamers are the “om nom nom nom” kind of customers. I don’t think you see that kind of blind dedication anywhere outside of sports franchises.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. viralshag

    I’m definitely one of those “om nom nom nom” customers. But at the end of the day it’s my money, I get enjoyment out of almost everything I buy and gaming is better than drugs. DON’T DO DRUGS.

    #19 3 years ago

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    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]