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.
Watch Dogs is almost upon us. While I will probably be opting to play it on console, I know plenty of you "Master Race" gamers will be downloading it through Steam. Unfortunately, Steam won't be the only thing you need to get your hands on the hacking adventure.
One of the worst things about playing Ubisoft’s otherwise excellent PC games is that they’re saddled with that blasted uPlay nonsense. It’s especially egregious when the digital versions of those games are purchased through Steam – causing both bits of DRM to hog up memory. South Park: The Stick of Truth abandoned uPlay on the PC, and rumour suggests Watch Dogs may do the same, by using Steam.
Ubisoft publishes and makes some great games, but PC gamers tend to avoid them like the plague. That mostly comes down to the fact that just about every single Ubisoft game on Pc launches through Ubisoft’s Achievement and Reward and absolutely not DRM system, uPlay. Good news for South Park fans, as its been confirmed that the system wont be required for The Stick of Truth.
If you’re playing the rather excellent Assassin’s Creed IV on one of the next gen systems, you probably already know that there’s a uPlay bug that’s preventing you from getting the most out of the game. Yes, that bloody awful uPlay DRM nonsense is making things break on console too now.
Online passes suck. Those little bits of code that lock features of a game behind a paywall or code entry box are the bane of gamers without functional internet. Usually, they’re used to wall off multiplayer in the hope that second hand purchasers shell out for that privilege. for Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubisoft did a bit of a dick move, and locked single player content behind one such walls. People, naturally, were none too happy. Ubisoft has listened.
PC Gamers have a certain disdain for Ubisoft – and for very good reason. In the past, It’s saddled its inferior PC ported games with draconian, always-on DRM. They stopped doing that quite some time ago – but gamers have never really forgiven Ubisoft, because the company still seems to focus on consoles, and when PC games do come, they tend to be released significantly later. Ubisoft wants to change that.
Some one must have heard my desperate prayers, because Electronic Arts and Ubisoft are now offering each other’s titles on Uplay and Origin. I actually think that this is a really, really awesome thing. Since I was pleasantly surprised with Uplay and prefer it to Origin.
It’s being hailed as one of the year’s best games, and a genre-defining sandbox shooter, but that doesn’t mean Far Cry 3 is without its share of problems. Ubisoft’s confirmed that the game, which releases locally tomorrow and in the US next week will receive a day-one patch.
Ubisoft has joined the digital distribution platform party with the likes of Steam and Origin. Launching, wait for it… the Uplay PC. How surprising.
Ubisoft’s broken it silence on yesterday’s news that its PC-centric Uplay service was hiding an intention backdoor - saying it was a security flaw and the result of human error, not the nefarious rootkit it was believed to be.
Pc gamers have long had a heated affair with Ubisoft’s PC DRM. Their Uplay service - which not only checks for legality, but also adds stat and achievement tracking and leaderboards might give Pc gamers cause for more ire; it could contain a rootkit allowing unfettered access to all your files.