Posts Tagged ‘Uplay’

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 in June and July respectively, although their free-to-download windows are now closed, and you’ll have to pay up if you don’t own them on Uplay already. Alas.

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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 to make a material gesture that player interests are truly the heart of the Steam empire. Or perhaps they dislike being sued. Hint: they are currently being sued.

By now, you’ve likely encountered a shop and have a reasonable feeling about how refunds should work: if it doesn’t do what it’s meant to, you take it back. Nothing could be simpler. Refunds for digital products – or, as is often the case, licenses for digital products – are a legal hellscape of false assertions and misinformation, in large part a product of outdated legislation that no one is keen to test in court. To sift through the muck, I got in touch with Ryan Morrison, founder of the New York law firm by the same name (and no relation of mine this side of the 17th century). Whether you’re European, Stateside or in the wrong hemisphere altogether, here’s the plain English version of where and through which service your purchases are best protected and why some retailers still risk refusing refunds.

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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 of stories from people affected.

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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 cryptic mention of being “in discussions with Valve”. What’s so weird or special about the UK that our Steam wouldn’t get Ubisoft’s big fancy Christmas lineup? Turns out, we’re not so special any more. These games are vanishing from the US and Australian stores too, VG247 noted, suggesting something bigger than a regional quirk is afoot.

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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 using other platforms (like Steam) too. Trailer – yes, for a store/service – below.

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What A Shock: Watch_Dogs Hampered By Uplay Troubles

This could be you! (Unless your game isn't working)

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 a massive tumble and leaves a lot of people snarling at the gates. Watch_Dogs, somewhat predictably, is having early troubles of a similar sort.

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Dogged: Watch_Dogs To Require Uplay, Even On Steam

No wonder everything is so easily hackable in Watch_Dogs' universe: it's all tied into Uplay servers. Aiden Pearce just takes those suckers down and calls it a day.

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. And if servers happen to be down due to demand or some other mishap? Well, good luck. The service’s worst days, I think, are generally behind it, but it’s still a pain. Unsurprisingly, it’s going to show up in Watch_Dogs, presumably to do the opposite of aidin’ main character Aiden Pearce.

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