Monday, October 26th 2020

Ubisoft Announces Ubisoft Connect, Retires UPlay

Ubisoft Connect will be the new universal home for all Ubisoft in-game services, activities, and communities on all platforms. Everything you've used Uplay and Ubisoft Club for in the past will be refreshed, expanded, and merged into Ubisoft Connect starting October 29, which coincides with the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion. Designed for the next generation of gaming and beyond, Ubisoft Connect is just the beginning of Ubisoft's commitment to making cross-platform features standard in the future. That includes cross-platform progression on games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Riders Republic.

"Next-generation gaming goes beyond technological improvements and better graphics," says Vice President of Online Services Stephanie Perotti. "To us, as a creator and publisher, it is about bringing more fluidity and versatility to the experience, to have the freedom to play games on whatever device and with whoever you want. Ubisoft Connect is our take on a new seamless experience to not only ease the transition between generations and platforms, but also be the starting point for new services that further contribute to new, more player-centric ways of enjoying games."
The Ubisoft Connect interface will be integrated seamlessly into Ubisoft games on all platforms, bringing social features, in-game rewards, and challenges and activities all to one place. In addition to all the functionality of Uplay and Ubisoft Club, Ubisoft Connect brings brand-new features like a dedicated newsfeed to check out their friends' activities and achievements. For those looking for tips on how to improve at Rainbow Six Siege or how to recruit a beekeeper in Watch Dogs: Legion, the new "Smart Intel" feature brings personalized tips and video recommendations based on your current in-game activities. You'll also be able to access personalized stats and playstyle information so you can monitor your progress or compare with your friends through the new leaderboard system.

To celebrate the launch of Ubisoft Connect, more than 1,000 legacy Ubisoft Club rewards will be unlocked today for free to all players. The Ubisoft Connect experience will launch on Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and be available on Xbox Series X | S on November 10 and PlayStation 5 on November 15. The service will also come to Stadia, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Amazon Luna later this year.

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13 Comments on Ubisoft Announces Ubisoft Connect, Retires UPlay

#1
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
I read what they say it is...but want to know what it’s not saying. They’ve been pushing the subscription thing like Origin has, so I’m hoping this doesn’t mean I have to rent a game I want to play. I still want to be able to buy, and play it whenever I want.
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#2
Khonjel
Too many syllables. Uplay was nicer and unique. Thumbdown.
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#3
basco
the new "Smart Intel" feature brings personalized tips and video recommendations based on your current in-game activities

sounds creepy to me.
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spectatorx
basco
the new "Smart Intel" feature brings personalized tips and video recommendations based on your current in-game activities

sounds creepy to me.
Based on telemetry data from players' activity in ac3 they created ac 4 black flag, they noticed people were spending a lot of time on ships. I remember when i was first playing gta vice city, which was created fairly long time ago, you can view in-game detailed statistics about your actions in game. Nowadays developers and publishers have waaaay more detailed data about players than back then and this data is being sent to them in real-time.
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Caring1
rtwjunkie
I read what they say it is...but want to know what it’s not saying. They’ve been pushing the subscription thing like Origin has, so I’m hoping this doesn’t mean I have to rent a game I want to play. I still want to be able to buy, and play it whenever I want.
I read it as gaming as a service.
Pay to play.
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#6
Mistral
They could've gone with ConnectU or UConnect and it still would have been better. Or, just keep the old name.
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#7
kapone32
As long as I can launch my Uplay Games from GOG Galaxy it is moot.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Caring1
I read it as gaming as a service.
Pay to play.
That’s what concerns me too.
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spectatorx
Based on telemetry data from players' activity in ac3 they created ac 4 black flag, they noticed people were spending a lot of time on ships. I remember when i was first playing gta vice city, which was created fairly long time ago, you can view in-game detailed statistics about your actions in game. Nowadays developers and publishers have waaaay more detailed data about players than back then and this data is being sent to them in real-time.
Indeed. Unity Telemetry says hello.

I might... know something about this:

github.com/R-T-B/UnityAnalyticsKiller
Caring1
I read it as gaming as a service.
Pay to play.
Ha. That's so 19th century. No one pays to play anymore. Your data is the entry fee. You are the product, bought and sold more times than you'll ever know. Welcome to the new skynet, it's scarier than the hollywood one.

Actually that's a lie. You both pay to play and give your data all the time. The market is literally paying them to do this.
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kapone32
What happened to the days of just getting a Game with the understanding ir was yours do with.
It's still yours. We just pay for it with both data and money. One of them needs to go. Consumers need choice and they need to understand that

a.) Their data is worth something

b.) They should not pay for something and be data-mined at the same time. It's just a bad deal. You wouldn't make a bad deal, would you?

Of course you would. And they know that.

As mentioned, I've made tools to fight these sort of things... but it's a losing battle. The tools inevitably are harder to use than just dealing with whatever the publisher wants, and water follows the easiest path.

Users are basically water.
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#12
NightOfChrist
Ubisoft SAM (Ubisoft's mobile companion app) gives personalized tips and recommendations based on my in-game activities in The Division only for The Division, like how it mentions about my headshots or kills or notices that I'm using marksman rifles more often than automatic ones. It may be just me, but I don't think telemetry is involved in this case, at least with The Division. As long as it's limited to tracking and recording in-game activities like how many times I use my MDR or how often I completed a mission under specific difficulty and not non-gaming activities or anything else (for example, tracking what site I open with a browser when I'm playing a Ubisoft game) I personally think it's fine.

Ubisoft openly stated that they will use information about our personal details like those in our Twitter profile or account if we contact them through Twitter though, and that's the reason why I never bothered interacting with them through Twitter. With the exception of The Division's Twitter account, I don't follow any other accounts of Ubisoft.

@rtwjunkie
I have my own concerns too, but I want to keep an open mind and positive thinking about it and see it as nothing more than a facelift, for now. As long as I still have access to games I already bought and they remain in my library and I can launch and play the games anytime I want, I'm fine.
R-T-B
I might... know something about this
Zachtronics games like Eliza love telemetry and collecting/gathering user data. But I use TinyWall and only allow a very few things (Unity games never included) to connect so I'm not worried about it.
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NightOfChrist
Ubisoft SAM (Ubisoft's mobile companion app) gives personalized tips and recommendations based on my in-game activities in The Division only for The Division, like how it mentions about my headshots or kills or notices that I'm using marksman rifles more often than automatic ones. It may be just me, but I don't think telemetry is involved in this case, at least with The Division. As long as it's limited to tracking and recording in-game activities like how many times I use my MDR or how often I completed a mission under specific difficulty and not non-gaming activities or anything else (for example, tracking what site I open with a browser when I'm playing a Ubisoft game) I personally think it's fine.

Ubisoft openly stated that they will use information about our personal details like those in our Twitter profile or account if we contact them through Twitter though, and that's the reason why I never bothered interacting with them through Twitter. With the exception of The Division's Twitter account, I don't follow any other accounts of Ubisoft.

@rtwjunkie
I have my own concerns too, but I want to keep an open mind and positive thinking about it and see it as nothing more than a facelift, for now. As long as I still have access to games I already bought and they remain in my library and I can launch and play the games anytime I want, I'm fine.


Zachtronics games like Eliza love telemetry and collecting/gathering user data. But I use TinyWall and only allow a very few things (Unity games never included) to connect so I'm not worried about it.
You sir are a good, educated, user. Tinywall is indeed a good tool for your toolbelt.
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