uPlay for Watch Dogs on PC only for activation [Update]



Since release, we’ve discovered this to not be true. We got bad info – only it came straight from our Ubisoft rep. We apologise to anybody inconvenienced by having to use uPlay.

You may have heard that yes, Watch Dogs for the PC will indeed use uPlay, despite previous rumours to the contrary. Well, we’ve got good news.

We’ve just been told by Ubisoft that uPlay will only be used to activate the game. It’ll be a once-off connection to activate the game and the DLC, and you’ll never need to see uPlay again. Hooray!

I think the reception to  uPlay’s omission from South Park: The Stick of Truth has made people at Ubisoft take notice; PC gamers don’t want to have to run the service in parallel with other DRM systems like Steam – no matter what perceived value Ubisoft sees in it. Hopefully, this is the push Ubisoft needs to drop uPlay as a requirement for all of its PC games going forward.

Watch Dogs is coming to PC, Ps3, Ps4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 27th.

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  • Jedi JJ

    Woohoo! Back on the wishlist

    • Rock789

      You mean it was off? **stares in disbelief**

      • Jedi JJ

        It was going to work on Uplay. That abomination has no place on my pc

        • Lloyd Franklin

          Get your head out of Gabe’s backside.

          • Jedi JJ

            It’s only halfway up. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see what new specials they have on Steam. :)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    Many DRM, such uPlay, very activate. WOW

    • Jedi JJ

      Yea! Doge is the greatest

    • Black Mage [Umar]

      Just couldn’t resist could you……

    • Acornbread

      At least it doesn’t require

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        I don’t mind Win8 tbh

        • Acornbread

          No gaming problems? I’m apprehensive to make the jump, seeing as Win 7 is perfectly fine.

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            None at all, just running Win8, not 8.1

          • http://twitter.com/mund0x mundox

            8.1 user here, been using 8 for a year+ now.

            I have no issues with it, its snappier than 7, games run without issues and you can just add the start menu with “classic shell” if you dislike metro (be aware that the start menu will be officially added back to 8.1 in a future update).

            I don’t use any legacy software so I’m not sure about compatibility issues there.

        • Jedi JJ

          I’ve used it twice and thought it felt too much like a dumbed down hippie version with all the blocks and kak. But that could just be me. :)

          • Unavengedavo

            Windows 8.1: “Good news, we put back the start button on the desktop! But it still takes you to the unnecessary full screen kak menu”

          • Jedi JJ

            I really hate that thing. If I wanted to feel like I’m working on a tablet or a phone, I’d use a tablet or a phone.

          • Kensei Seraph

            From using XP, Vista and 7 I’ve gotten used to pressing the Windows key to make the taskbar appear so I can see the time.
            8 just takes me to that dodgy menu.

          • dan0019

            You need Windows 8 to run DX 11.2, this is the only reason I upgraded. Its not too bad although still has some compatibility issues with some programs..

  • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

    This game would be infinitely funnier and more fun if they actually used that character model

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      I’d chase cars and urinate on everything!!!!

      Much like my average day anyway

      • Jedi JJ


    • Hammersteyn
      • Admiral Chief in Space

        This gif!!! OVER 9000000000000!!!!!

      • Rince


      • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

        Too much win!

    • Brian

      No it wouldn’t be. All memes should fucking die, they are not funny at all.

  • Admiral Chief in Space

    Good news Wednesday!

  • Macethy

    Anyone will to take bets that their activation servers will be down or “under maintenance” for a week post launch?

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      Put me down for a 100

      • Kensei Seraph

        It’s not really ethical to bet on sure things.

        • Admiral Chief in Space

          Good point.

          Put me down for 10 000!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    Awesome news. Hopefully other companies will sit up and take notice

    • Jedi JJ

      I know! Every game needs doge in it!

      • Hammersteyn

        such doge

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    But will uPlay even connect when authentication time comes?

  • Hammersteyn

    Steam does it better than other DRM clients. Origin,uPlay,etc. needs to deal with it.

    • Lloyd Franklin

      Steam is terrible and needs to die.

      • Hammersteyn

        I don’t use it as much as other people here, but must people love it. Especially the specials. sill, it would be nice to have just one client running.

        • Lloyd Franklin

          Yes it would and it would be nice if the customer could choose which client they want to use instead of being force to use crappy Steam for 99% of the games.

  • MakeItLegal

    Ya ya , that’s what they saying now , come launch it’s Gana be patch uplay this then steam will have to patch the patch and then after 2 months u can finally play the game

    I can see where this is headed , if ubisoft tacked on the uplay steam stuff to late then early adopters are Gana be beta testers

    Someone said it the other day , pull yourself towards yourself , make uplay and the other drms a channel within steam , and completly drop the other crap off the batt once an for all

    We need some one like steam to be making these decsions , pc is a ball ache to begin with , let’s simplify the customer experience so the point where it’s simpler to game on pc , having only one drm to manage all game services , simple unfied gaming ….

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      SteamOS will be an even bigger pain to get started with I think. At least with Windows it’s a known environment.

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  • Sk3tz0

    UPlay when they want U to Play.. hahaha

  • BDK

    Fuck you steam!

    • Lloyd Franklin

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Steam has to be the worst idea ever. It never bloody works correctly.

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  • Connor Stones

    This + the recent PC graphics video? Fantastic.

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