Dealspwn: "Maybe Ubisoft just wants to follow in EA's footsteps and consolidate their own online platform. Needless to say, the internet was not happy."
I've got a reaction right here. Are you high, Ubisoft? £50 for a digital download. A standard edition digital download (oh call it the limited edition if you want, but it isn't a limited edition, it's just pre-order DLC). £50. If Uplay isn't absolutely positively 100% perfect at launch, day one, minute one, for Far Cry 4 and The Crew, then Ubisoft will be a laughing stock. I don't pirate games, but Ubi deserves it if Uplay screws paying customers who fork over £50 for the privilege.
I love that halfway through assembling this article, Uplay crashed. Uplay is a joke. But a very bad one. Told by someone who keeps punching you.
Worst type of DRM. Heck, I would rather have Origin, and that's saying something.
Oh no, I won't get to buy the hundredth Assassins Creed game this year. Boo hoo. Woe is me. Uplay crashes every time they launch a game as well, and frequently deletes peoples games saves and even randomly locks them out of their own accounts. It's hands-down the worst online service around.
When I bought Far Cry 3 on Steam, I thought I was getting the "Steam" version and uPlay was optional, like Games for Windows, if I wanted to access online stuff or like in AC2, to unlock wallpapers or whatever. I was so wrong... If I knew that it was mandatory, I wouldn't bother. uPlay is simply a DRM system and now Ubisoft decided they don't need Steam, thus why pay Valve royalties? And no I don't hate uPlay because it crashes or takes background resources or anything. I hate because because Ubisoft charges higher than the industry average prices on uPlay, it is because I am forced to create another account to play a game I bought with another account and so on. It is the principle. Ubisoft in a way "sneak" uPlay, by forcing people using it whatever they were using Steam or Origin, to get people signed up and slowly added a marketplace, etc. Even EA had the tendency of cutting ties with Steam directly and with a press conference, without removing games from Steam (expect upcoming ones) or forcing people to sign up for Origin for their existing games to work. For me Ubisoft is definetely the worst publisher. Not because of the games, as I quite fancy few of them, but their business model/ style. DLCs everywhere, pre-order bonuses, a zillion of different versions, season passes that you need to actually play the online part of the game. Eeeeven if you justify all these I doubt someone can justifying when they are crippling their games on PC -as Watch_Dogs proved, crippling their games on PC even more for AMD users -heck I got nVidia on my laptops and desktop, but I feel you AMD guys, I know that FC3 underperforms with AMD hardware. Wasn't Ubisoft that pretty much said that piracy in PC make it unattractive to them as a platform? Well congrats Ubisoft, the feelings are mutual as you made yourself unattracted to PC gamers.
Why only block sale on the UK Steam?
I will never EVER EVER EVER get back together again with uPlay.
So no The Division on Steam? :(
Why would you be excited for The Division after how Watch_Dogs turned out, let alone eveyr other crappy game that Ubisoft has crapped out this past few years? It would take a miracle for that game to be good, let alone live up to the hype.
i deleted farcry 3 in the end because uplay was an irritation. now it will be worse, i avoid EA origin too.
Can you explain what problems you had? Because I beat the game like 3 weeks ago and I had never had a single issue with UPlay. I open the game on Steam, I get logged into UPlay automatically, I play & when I'm done I close UPlay. Am I missing a step?
FC3 was the first game i started to play on pc again. I saw no problems at all! It was a little irritating to come to laptop and click mouse some times because i had a gamepad connected and expected a seamless big screen experience. But on the other hand, UPLAY gave me soundtrack and wallpapers for download as sort of achievements. So i see no issues.
for me, for what ever the reason uplay would either crash randomly, or, it would bring it self up on top, minimizing the game for no reason, its in the nature of things not work 100% all the time for everyone, but for me it quickly got irritating. also i just font like to have things running unnecessarily on my pc in the background no matter how small, and with it being through steam, that should have been enough.
I purchase video games from good developers and Ubisoft isn't one. I will continue to pirate their games.
Who needs Uplay when you have PirateBay :D XD
For anyone who didn't see my above comment as a joke, I'll clarify...it's a joke. I do not condone piracy in any way...it's just the way Ubisoft has been acting these days...they're just begging for it.
19 agrees , 0 disagrees . That should say a lot about what direction they should take but yea forget it , uplay isnt goign anywhere , they've invested millions and millions into that crappy service , they aren't letting go of it.
It's funny, just found this piece of news and decided to open my dusty ubisoft client. And as of now, it already updated itself 10+ times and still going for it. Yeah, I agree with what most people are saying here that their client software is not the best at all. I was actually interested in unity for co op with my brother and wife, but I'm just not sure anymore. I'm not very patient nowadays with buggy software, as they already had enough time to improve their service. I'm a programmer as well, so it's easy for me to say that they are just being lazy (or incompetent) when dealing with improving uplay. Edit: Damm it, still trying to update itself. Had to close it down and probably will need to reinstall this bloody thing.
Yeah Ubisoft really crapped the bed with that decision. People who didn't want to buy games off of Uplay certainly aren't going to do it just because you restrict them to it. They'll just pirate the game and in the end nothing of value was lost to them.
Ubisoft is really starting to piss off legitimate customers now. This will increase pirating and not increase sales. Any idiot can understand this.
They think they people that are buying games on Steam will come to UPlay and use it as a client. Increasing their profit margin (by cutting out steam). What they do not know is most people that buy their games on Steam do it because of Steam and it's great sales. Everyone hates Uplay on PC. I loved it when Uplay was just a rewards programs, get your "points" and redeem them for random rewards. It's fallen soo far from the tree now, wouldn't even want to touch it. Infact, I cracked all my Uplay games I own on steam. It's not worth the hassle of having to restart my games every now and then because Uplay decides to screw up. I couldn't even play AC:R for the longest time after launch date coz of the Uplay DRM.
I've actually known a couple of people who had to pirate Ubisoft games that they bought because Uplay was completely broken for them. The only way they could actually play the games they paid for was to download pirated copies with the Uplay DRM stripped out, which is both hilarious and depressing.
''good for the pirates'' DRM can a hacker or a pirate Always hack/ och crack sooner or later. Splinter cell chaos took 1 year too crack...
Ubisoft must be high on something lately, because of all the terrible decisions they're taking(worse than before). No matter how much they push it, Uplay isn't going to magically turn into something amazing. Either way, i won't be missing their games on Steam. Their value has dropped significantly over the years. Truth be told, the last one i played was Assassin's Creed 2, which is before it turned into the annual IP today.
These companies are making big mistakes , Ubisoft , EA etc.. they all lost a bunch of fans on pc by enforcing their platforms. I know a few BF:BC2 clan who have just moved on and quit buying anything Battlefield related. I have never been able to complete Splinter Cell Conviction by legal means , the game would constantly kick me back to desktop randomly , i had to crack it fuck em all
To be fair with EA, they didn't force their own platform if you already owned a game in any other platform, unlike uPlay which is a must for games bought on Steam and Origin. Even if I love Steam, in a way Valve forced people to use Steam if they wanted to play their games same way that EA is doing for the games. Ubisoft in a way "sneaked" uPlay into our lives, first as an optional platform to unlock game related bonuses, then as DRM and now as their own commercial solution. Another "plus" for both Steam and Origin is their sales/free games. uPlay on the other hand is simply more expensive when it shouldn't -as Ubisoft doesn't pay any royalties, but get 100% of the income; £50 for a PC game?! Especially when you can get it from grey market for ~£20 or <£30 from retailers? At the end I love GoG: DRM-free, offline play, etc :3 At the end, maybe it is just me, but over the last year EA > Ubisoft -not that EA is a Saint, but at least they learned a little bit from past (gigantic) mistakes. PS: I also know people who want to play Titanfall and Mass Effect, but don't want to create another account -they prefer having a single centralised library- for another platform (Origin).
Steams easy street couldn't last for ever. Let's see what you got Ubisoft, I wait for you're store or sub based business.
You don't have to wait for their store, it's already up. It's called uPlay, and it does its best to make sure "u" don't "Play" their games, what with its lapses in service, crashing, etc.
and anyway if i buy a ubi game i need to install uplay .... so what its the too much pc tears
Goodbye Ubi, this is nothing but a very restrictive practice trying to force people to pay £50 for a PC game on a service a lot of people hate, think FC4 will do a booming trade on TPB (note I do not condone piracy, but people will do this as a FU to Ubi).
A software developer myself, out of "respect" for colleagues I never pirate software/games. While I always say "support the devs! don't pirate" this time I may ignore my own advice. Even if I won't bother playing/ installing the game.
Never been one for overarching boycotts, but come the fuck on Ubisoft. About to wash my hands of this nonsense entirely.
minimum requirement are ridiculous and uplay only AC:U on PC will be a big failure
They have run out of feet to shot... They might possibly join THQ in the dumpster if they keep this up.
Funny lol last time I checked major console developers who release games on PC make most of their money from console sales. It's not like THQ who failed on everything.
Ubisoft just had a game ship close to 7 million units and are releasing 2 games this fall that will reach that number. They're one of the biggest publishers in the business.
I love PC every game is free. Way cheaper than consoles.
Why don't you just steal your console games, too? Walmarts are everywhere, bro. Way cheaper than using money.
he is probably pleased he didn't pay for some of the junk that has been released lately.
Byeee Ubi, dont come back now. I respect their desire to make top dollar on their own properties but I don't respect their properties
How is it that EA does this stuff and makes record profits (unfortunately) and Ubisoft follows and they get flak?
You must not have been around when EA announced they would be selling new releases exclusively on Origin.
Yes but the practice continues and nobody seems to have a problem judging by their record sales.
I don't buy EA games anymore. I even closed my origin account. Will be doing same with uplay, after I get a cracked version of Farcry 3 and 4 which I bought.
They are quite possibly the most retarded high-budget game company in the world. A few examples from the top of my head: 1. Wii U version of Rayman: Legends was done (it was supposed to be a Nintendo exclusive at the beginning), but after they decided to release it on other consoles as well, they... postponed the Wii U version so that it could be released at the same time with other versions. 2. Watch_Dogs' release date was postponed by more than a half year, so that we could see a massive graphical downgrade. How genius is that. 3. Releasing AC: Rouge and AC: Unity basically at the same time, itself is a stupidity of the year. 4. Now this.
Also the parity of AC:Unity on consoles to "avoid the resolution controversy" Thus causing an internet shit storm!
Yeah, Ubisoft isn't making their case with PC gamers any better.
i think its because of the sheer number of pirated copies of there games out there, there just trying to protect there own intrests. Never had any problems with Uplay ever, steam crashes all the time. Granted its a bold move by ubisoft, but I hear there is a new DRM coming that's gonna cause a lot of fun and games for would be crackers. cant find the source so don't flame me but when it does arrive you heard it here first :)
If I was a conspiracy theorist I'd wonder whether Ubisoft were purposefully trying to cripple their own PC sales/encourage privacy to prove some sort of point in the boardroom. Perhaps being able to say "well our godawful DRM was totally justified because look at all these pirates and the sales are so low we shouldn't bother anyway." I'm not reaching for the tinfoil hat yet, but... no, surely that's not the case. More likely it's some disagreement with Steam's UK guys or some arcane UK licensing thing, or just good old fashioned greedy idiocy.
Smooth move Ubi. Real smooth.
No problem I will skip Ubi games this year , Im oki with that.
I already pre-purchased farcry 4 through steam. If this is the case than this will be my very last game from ubisoft. See YA. Steam is the only PC Service I want running with my games. I hate UPLAY.
This is why I only buy games from steam if Ubisoft and Origin want to charge console prices i'll buy the CD key off G2A or G2Play. Already I've seen DA:I for £28 yet EA want £50 am willing to pay a fair price but fair isn't the same price as a console game on PC
PC segregation is really annoying, I don't want to have 2 shitty store to lunch my games and 1 great one that does not have every game. I'Ve stopped supporting ubisoft games because they simply don't care about the platform I enjoy playing so that does not make me that sad but it's just annoying.
Steams quite a big monopoly on digital distribution. This is creating more competition and can be even better for gamers, if handled well.
steam was the other option to their(ea, ubi) client. now we have no options so it isnt better its worse.
So now its steams turn to step up and get ubi back.
While I'm not a big fan of Steam... it doesn't need competition. Steam is single handedly keeping PC gaming alive. Also Ubisoft will suck at it.
It's okay Ubi games suck, and after their craps already I will be buying all their games on Xbone and probably eventually PS4 as well. Mostly just there small budget games though and maybe ACU if it is as good as it looks
They already took out their games from STEAM in USA. I was so close to buying Far Cry 4 but nope got hit with this bs news. I hope ubisofts loses so much profit they realize they are shooting themselves not us.
Yet another dumb move by Ubisoft. Everyone at Ubisoft must have severe brain damage.
Ubisoft are digging their own graves. DUMBEST move i've ever seen in gaming history
That sucks. I remember all problems Uplay caused with Watch Dogs, what a pain in the ass..
They just want to do what EA have done and try and force people to buy from uplay and at console game prices. They are a f*cking greedy discrace, this type of shit will create more pirates or people will just wait for the prices to drop. I saw this coming years ago when they started using uplay. Activision and EA could get away with this as their biggest games are MP focused but Ubisoft's games are not making the choice between uplay and utorrent for some people a bit easier.
You can't make it up. These guys really think they are all that. No wonder why Raymond left. Looks like EA has been dethroned.
All i have to say is Origin and uPlay need to die and are Ubisoft run by chimps or something O_o Warning: Big video-game company's are up to something, it kinda started with DLC problem in the past few years then recant with insane system req. and now this hmm they are up to something for sure... or they high on greed.
Funny thing is, with Origin, at least it works when you need it to. UPLAY NEVER FUCKING WORKS WELL. Hell, most games MPs still don't work to this very day.
I'd say something like, this is not going to go over well, but I think its a bit late for that.
I have never had any issue with uplay I actually think it is better than origin have no problem with this , but it will hurt sales for the company Origin just has too many hoops.