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Posts tagged “Uplay”

The Crew 2 is out now, but unplayable for some on Steam [fixed]

Update: Ubisoft say the Steam problem is now fixed. Affected people may need to restart the Steam client but then it should work. Ubisoft's open-world online drive-o-fly-a-boaty racer The Crew 2 launched in the wee hours and... a great many people cannot play it at all. The Steam version is currently busted (perhaps just for for folks who pre-ordered?), as attempts to launch the game…

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Play The Division, Steep and Trials Fusion for free this weekend

There's a platter of free stuff going at Ubisoft this weekend. Post-apocalyptic online shooter The Division [official site], winter sports sim Steep [official site] and two-wheeling platformer Trials Fusion [official site] all available to play for diddly squat until 8pm on Sunday (UK time) through Ubisoft's Uplay client. Now, I know some of these games are getting long in the tooth but there are probably some of you out…

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Rayman Origins Now Free on Uplay

The super colorful, super delightful, arms-and-legsless Rayman Origins is now free on Uplay for a limited time. Ubisoft is offering the game free of charge in honor of the company's 30th anniversary. They're gifting fans with a new complimentary game every month until December as part of the ongoing festivities. Previous freebies include Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell…

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Which Digital Game Store Is Best For Refunds: Steam vs. UPlay vs. Origin vs. GOG

Rumour has it that the decrepit Arkham Knight port beat a retreat on account of Steam refunds. After all, what better way to get a dastardly developer to blush and shuffle its hooves than to reverse its cash flow? Until June, when no-questions-asked refunds came into force, such a feat was impossible. Perhaps, after years of pro-consumer jabs at Microsoft and other corporates, Valve sought…

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Ubisoft Cancels “Fraudulent” Uplay Keys From Re-Sellers

For all the trouble the internet gets itself into, do you know which word we don't use enough? "Fracas". Here's today's: Ubisoft have deactivated a set of Uplay game keys it deemed "fraudulently obtained," leaving gamers who bought those keys from re-sellers out of pocket and full of ire. A thirty-page forum thread (at the time of writing) over on the Ubi site is full…

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New Ubi Games Vanish From Steam In More Countries

Update: "We are looking into it at the moment," an Ubisoft representative has told us about the later vanishings outside the UK. Meanwhile, two dear readers in Finland and Germany comment that the games have disappeared from Steam for them too. When Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity, The Crew, and Far Cry 4 all vanished from Steam in the UK earlier this week, the publisher made…

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Store Wars: GOG Launching Its Own Steam-Like Service

GOG's been slowly moving from strength to strength for years, but now it looks like CD Projekt's DRM-free baby is ready to step into the big leagues. GOG Galaxy is set to be a client-based service with friends, achievements, automatic updates, and the like ala Steam, only it's entirely optional. No online game activations required, no sign-ins needed to play. You can play with friends…

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What A Shock: Watch_Dogs Hampered By Uplay Troubles

This is not a new story, but rather another chapter in one that's gone on for far, far too many volumes. Rumor has it that George R.R. Martin decided to give up on finishing the Game of Thrones series after bearing witness to The Uplay Saga. The formula is woefully unchanging each and every time: big new release comes out, everyone is excited, Uplay takes…

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Dogged: Watch_Dogs To Require Uplay, Even On Steam

In an alternate dimension, we all love Uplay dearly and Valve won't stop shoehorning Steam into annual churned-out sequels like Left 47 Dead, Team Fortress XII: Right Back Hat Ya, and Half-Life: Pirates. In this one, however, that's absolutely not the case. Uplay is fiddly, sometimes catastrophic meltdown-prone bloatware that gates us from playing games until we've gone through an archaic activation and update process.…

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All Uplay-Enabled Ubisoft Games Blocked On BT Infinity

Update: this was resolved a day later, after four days of the block. Ubisoft told me Monday that "“We looked into this with BT Infinity and were able to solve the problem. BT Infinity customers should now be able to connect to Ubisoft’s games and services as usual.” If you were wondering why there's been no Wot I Thinkery of the recently-released Might & Magic…

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Lakes Boil: Ubisoft And EA To Sell Each Others Games

Everything is topsy-turvy. Up is left, down is blue. Ubisoft have just announced that they're to start selling third-party games on their online store, Uplay. (Which could mark the first time anyone has ever looked at the online store, Uplay.) And even more peculiar, they're also going to start selling their own games via EA's Origin download service. Do words and numbers even have meaning…

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Far Cry 3 Servers Down Already: Ubi, This Is A Mess

Update: Ubisoft have tweeted an apology, saying they're working as fast as they can to get the servers back online. So, like many others, I'm very excited to play Far Cry 3. After Jim's review, and many similar elsewhere, I've been dying to play it and finally have the chance. Today is my day off, hooray! And so far I've been treated to a horrible,…

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Free Crawling: The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot

We've currently smuggled Adam out of the country to investigate all things new, French and Ubisoft, but to scoop him ourselves, they've just announced The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot. It is, and this is one to get your head around, a free-to-play asynchronous dungeon crawler/tower defence. And it has a brilliant name. There's an announcement trailer below. It is very silly.

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Et Tu, Uplay? – Ubisoft Relaunches Its PC Store

The digital distribution plot thickens. In the beginning, there was Steam, and it was... not great. But it slowly trended upward in its tiny virtual vacuum until it expanded into the empire we all know and mostly love today. And people noticed. So along came Origin, with its EA stamp of approval and not much else - though slow progress has seen it take a…

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‘Coding Error’ Caused Uplay Exploit

I doubt we'll be hearing too much more about yesterday's Uplay drama, given the security hole appears to have been safely plugged before any malevolent souls could take advantage of it. Ubisoft have passed further comment on the issue as they saw it, however, claiming an exploit that allowed a vast amount of access to Uplay users' PCs was the result of a "coding error"…

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Ubisoft Responds To UPlay Security Drama, Issues Patch

Well, we knew about the patch already thanks to watchful forum-folk, but Ubisoft have finally offered a public acknowledgement of the Uplay security flaw that in theory meant nasty folk could gain remote access to gamers' PCs. Here's their statement and instructions on how to update Uplay - they're not recommending that anyone disable Uplay, and sound convinced the patch has fixed the exploit.

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Warning: Big Security Risk In Some Ubisoft PC Games

Update - Ubisoft may have plugged the hole, but it's difficult to know for sure as they don't appear to be discussing the issue. There are reports on the Ubi forums (thanks, Imperial Dane) that Uplay has been updated to version 2.04, which if the commenter is accurate bears the note "'Fix addressing browser plugin. Plugin now only able to open uPlay application." If your…

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UDon’tPlay: UbiDRM Servers Wobble During Steam Sale

The good thing about always online DRM is, well, nothing. The problem with always online DRM is, well, everything. Perhaps the silver lining to the cloud that is Ubisoft's UPlay system - the infrastructure for its DRM, DLC and other faintly sinister words which begin with D - being offline for a large chunk of the weekend is that it might cause important people to…

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