Ubisoft giving ace-o RTS World in Conflict away for free


DID YOU KNOW: one of the first-ever posts on this here website was about Massive Entertainment’s alt-Cold War real-time strategy game World in Conflict, and for years we even had a screenshot of one of its very impressive explosions on our About/mission statement page. It was a game we liked so much that we even ran photographs of TV’s famous Kieron Gillen wearing a delightful promotional WiC hat. As such, it’s been a minor tragedy that WiC was removed from Steam a while back (though it is on GOG).

Its excellent tanks and incompetent captains are not entirely lost to us, however – Ubisoft are giving it away for free until Monday.

World in Conflict was to some extent a spiritual successor to Ground Control, though its the USSR-invades-the-US-in-the-80s plot and some deliberately dipshit characters also made it a little bit Command & Conquer. Like RPS, it’s ten years old this year. Hence, this is a bit of an anniversary giveaway, although it forms a double-whammy with Ubi giving away bestest-best Asssassin’s Creed, Black Flag (aka AC4). Freebie downloads for the latter don’t go live until Dec 12-18 though – we’ll aim to give you a heads up about that closer to the time.

In the meantime, do go snag a copy of WiC. It’s an extremely tanky and explosive RTS that particularly excelled in multiplayer, and it’s yours for no-pennies until 2AM PST/10A M UK on Monday, December 11.


  1. Doc DarkStar says:

    I still have a small piece of the Berlin wall in my bedroom that came with a special edition of this. Can’t believe that was 10 years ago now, WiC looked absolutely incredible at the time and still looks pretty good today.

    • Maxheadroom says:

      Me too! I actually had mine framed with the little certificate of authenticity and everything

      One of the rare examples of a collectors edition not being complete tat-balls. That, my bamboo Shogun 2 chess set and GTA 4 Safety Deposit box are the only ones ive bought in the last 20 years, and i still have them on display (although the safety deposit box really just holds bills)

      Most collectors editions cant see beyond art books, making of videos or poorly made plastic models

  2. BooleanBob says:

    Man, Ubisoft have given a lot of free games away to try and get people onto their platform. I own:

    Assassin’s Creed 3
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Far Cry Blood Dragon
    Heroes of Might and Magic 4
    Might and Magic 1-6
    Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
    Rayman Origins
    The Crew
    Splinter Cell
    and now World in Conflict.

    Thing is, I’ve never bought a game on uplay and I never intend to either. In my mind it’s become indelibly tied to the notion of free give-aways. I wonder if that’s a common thing, or if they’re seeing the buy-in that they presumably hope for with these promotions.

    • Ghostwise says:

      So does Origin, so does Humble, so does GoG, so does Steam (albeit more rarely, because they need to shovel away the cash to reach their servers).

      And of course there are innumerable bundles and packs where games past the second or third are essentially free.

    • Czrly says:

      I also have a tonne of games from UPlay and have never bought a title, there.

      I know, every single give-away round provokes a chorus of “I’ll never touch UPlay” from the ‘community’ but, frankly, I think UPlay is one of the better stores. It works and it doesn’t annoy me. I think Origin is way, way worse (the worst of the Stores, by far!); Steam takes an aeon to open or to launch anything at all and this wait seems only to be on the increase; GOG Connect is downright abysmal (it doesn’t even start minimized, 90% of the time!), however nice GOG, themselves, may be; and the Windows Store is tied to the Windows 10 sandbox (formerly known as Metro).

      Compared to these, UPlay just downloads stuff, operates some DRM and gets out of the way. Hell, it even has a “Start Offline” option in the settings window and I can get right behind that!

      • Catterbatter says:

        GOG Galaxy is completely optional, though, which is a huge advantage.

    • Luagha says:

      I also don’t see why people carry on like Uplay is any worse than Steam (annoying middleware that i’ve raged against ever since not buying HL2 in protest, before eventually giving in to its ubiquity).

      But of more interest to me is when and how did they give you might and magic 1-6? That actually prompted me to go see if they sold the series, but no – Heroes only. (and when did they give you Heroes 4, for that matter? I called bingo on the rest of your list)

      • BooleanBob says:

        Yeah, that’s a little weird. They seem to have been de-listed: I can’t find them when I search on the store, and they don’t have the usual hub pages when I select them in my library. But I can download and install them just fine. I’m afraid I don’t remember when I acquired them.

        • Luagha says:

          Oh well! Thanks for checking. They’re on GoG anyway, of course. Twas just curiosity.

      • Slazia says:

        Uplay was horrible at launch and Ubisoft is generally an awful company. You are also forced to install it for any Ubisoft game meaning I have to run Steam and Uplay to play something.

  3. guidom says:

    brilliant game, especially the add-on where you got to play from the Soviet perspective. can’t believe it’s 10 years old… sigh.

  4. defunct says:

    I already bought Black Flag. And I have to agree. Best AC ever. Played it twice.

    I don’t remember the good stuff about World in Conflict. I remember people talking about it in frustration.

    • wombat191 says:

      I agree about AC4 but Kenway is an obnoxious twat and made me give up playing.

      WIC is a decent rts game, with LOTS of super weapons and a pretty good single player camapign

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    Grizzly says:

    A cargo fleet worth of fun, this one was. A very accessible real time tactics game that, in multiplayer, had you co-operating in a team of 8 players against another one of 8 players, each of you playing different roles. I wonder how it holds up now that I’ve sunk a lot of time into the far deeper Wargame though.

  6. Relenzo says:

    You’ve no idea how relieved I am to hear that.

    Black Flag was the only AC game I ever played, and I remember being confused because I wanted to join the Templars and I thought they were supposed to be the bad guys.

    • CronoRay says:

      In history it self The Knights Templar were not exactly bad people, but just like any other group they did do some questionable things. Greed has a way of making people make bad choices.

  7. palhanow says:

    Uow! That’s great news.

    I’ve been trying to buy World In Conflict in Steam since ever, but never understand why is not available in the Store, game is kind’a old and don’t run well on new hardware.

    Apparently, Ubi released a new patch do correct this issues.

    Now i have a free and great game. Thanks Ubi.

    • Rich says:

      Never had any problems running it on modern hardware, either in boxed form or my more recent gog purchase.

  8. Megatron says:

    Ooh, thanks for both this and the heads-up about AC4: Black Flag. I very nearly spent a crisp fiver on Black Flag in the Halloween sale – will look forward to receiving it free and gratis! :)

    I remember looking at WiC back in the day and being quite impressed. Don’t know why I never got around to buying it.

  9. CronoRay says:

    World in Conflict was an amazing game when it first came out, and it has not lost ANY of it’s wonder at all, the game plays like a champ to this very day and still has the best looking tactical nuke explosions. I have MANY fond memories playing the game, and now that the complete edition is free I finally get a chance to play through the campaign as the Russians since I never did before.

    As for multiplayer since there are no official servers to my knowledge I imagine that Tuungle or something would have servers to use for online LAN play.

    If anyone was ever into something like Wargame, then definitely pick up WiC for free, this is the game that inspired games like Wargame, even to this day it still has a feel that the Wargame franchise does not have.

  10. Ogun says:

    Never got around to actually playing it, but always loved the trailer: link to youtu.be

  11. onodera says:

    WiC Soviet expansion had perfect trailers. Right amount of pathos and sorrow with lines written by Russians and delivered by Russians.

  12. MrUnimport says:

    I really liked this game when I was a kid, but I went back and played some of it not too long ago, and to be honest most of the campaign missions are about holding off waves of APCs with your main battle tanks while calling many, many airstrikes on their heads. It’s really not too far off from a Call of Duty campaign but seen from an aerial perspective.

    It still looks gorgeous though, and the voice acting is excellent.

  13. Peppergomez says:

    Did anyone receive an email in Cyrillic instead of English when requesting a password update from Ubisoft? Weird. Does this indicate that my Ubi account has been hacked?

  14. v1tr1ol says:

    Yes RPS, you liked it SO MUCH that you didn’t even include it in “The 50 best strategy games on PC” And it should definitely sit in top 10. For me, alongside Homeworld and Ground Control it’s the best RTS ever made.

  15. Werthead says:

    A tremendously good game, although I was always sorry they didn’t make Ground Control 3 (after ending GC2 on a pretty massive cliffhanger).