Everything’s a subscription service these days. Have your recently checked your family to see if they, too, have been turned into a subscription service? Seeing the rampant success of Netflix, the video game industry has been going full ham over the last couple of years to try and emulate the formula. The newest, Ubplay Plus, is Ubisoft’s attempt at bringing their portfolio to fans for a monthly price.
Released on September 3rd, 2019 with technical issues aplenty, initial subscribers were able to take advantage of a free month of the service, which also included access to the Ghost Recon Breakpoint and (almost) every Ubisoft released game released up to that point. Uplay Play subscribers can also look forward to any of Ubi’s new releases being included with the fee, likely even before their retail release.
But is it worth the money? Can Uplay Plus really stand out in what is now a fairly crowded marketplace, one which includes different versions of Origin and EA Access, Game Pass, PlayStation Now, and many more? We’ll be breaking down if Uplay Plus is worth the asking price by examining a few key aspects and seeing how it stacks up again the competition.
Below is a list of all the Uplay Plus games. Future releases are in bold.
Anno 1800 – Deluxe Edition Anno 2205 – Ultimate Edition Assassin’s Creed – Director’s Cut Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Deluxe Edition Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – China Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – India Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Russia Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry – Standalone Edition Assassin’s Creed II – Deluxe Edition Assassin’s Creed III + Liberation Remastered Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Gold Edition Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ultimate Edition Assassin’s Creed Origins – Gold Edition Assassin’s Creed Origins – Discovery Tour Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Standard Edition Assassin’s Creed Rogue – Deluxe Edition Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Gold Edition Assassin’s Creed Unity – Standard Edition Beyond Good and Evil Beyond Good and Evil 2 Brothers in Arms: Earned In Blood Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Child of Light Cold Fear Far Cry 2 – Fortune’s Edition Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon (Standalone) Far Cry 3 – Deluxe Edition Far Cry 4 – Gold Edition Far Cry 5 – Gold Edition Far Cry New Dawn – Deluxe Edition Far Cry Primal – Digital Apex Edition Flashback Origin For Honor – Marching Fire Edition From Dust Gods and Monsters I Am Alive Imperialism Imperialism 2 Might & Magic IX Might & Magic VII – For Blood And Honor Might & Magic VIII -Day of the Destroyer Might & Magic X Legacy – Deluxe Edition Might & Magic: Heroes II – Gold Edition Might & Magic: Heroes III – Complete Edition Might & Magic: Heroes V – Standard Edition Might & Magic: Heroes VI – Gold Edition Might & Magic: Heroes VI – Shades of Darkness Might & Magic: Heroes VII – Deluxe Edition Might & Magic: Heroes VII – Trial by Fire Monopoly PLUS Ode Panzer General 2 Panzer General 3D assault POD Gold Prince of Persia (2008) Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – Deluxe Edition Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Rayman 2 Rayman 3 Rayman Forever Rayman Legends Rayman Origins Rayman Raving Rabbids Roller Champions Silent Hunter 2 Silent Hunter 3 Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific – Gold Edition Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic – Gold Edition Skull & Bones South Park: The Fractured but Whole – Gold Edition South Park: The Stick of Truth – Standard Edition Speed Buster Starlink – Digital Deluxe Starter Kit Steep – X Games Gold Edition The Crew – Ultimate Edition The Crew 2 – Gold Edition The Settlers The Settlers 1 – History Edition The Settlers 2 – History Edition The Settlers 3 – History Edition The Settlers 4 – History Edition The Settlers 5: Heritage of the Kings – History Edition The Settlers 6: Rise of an Empire – History Edition The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom – History Edition Tom Clancy’s EndWar Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier – Deluxe Edition Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Ultimate Edition Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Standard Edition Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 – Gold Edition Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lockdown Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Ultimate Year Four Edition Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas II Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – Deluxe Edition Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction – Deluxe Edition Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent Tom Clancy’s The Division – Gold Edition Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Ultimate Edition Trackmania Turbo Transference – Uplay Trials Evolution – Gold Edition Trials Fusion – Standard Edition Trials Rising – Gold Edition Uno Valiant Hearts Warlords Battlecry Warlords Battlecry 2 Watch_Dogs – Complete Edition Watch_Dogs 2 – Gold Edition Watch Dogs Legion World In Conflict – Complete Edition Zombi
At £12.99/$14.99, Uplay Plus is now one of — if not the — priciest video game subscription services on the market, especially with PlayStation Now’s price drop and small overhaul.
It’s tied for the “accolade” with EA’s Origin Access Premier, though that service has more than just its own games to its name. Origin Access Premier gives you third-party games like A Plague Tale: Innocence, the Arkham series, the Darksiders series, the LucasArts Star Wars games, Lego, and many, many fantastic indies.
It’s a lot of money to drop each month purely for Ubi games, so you have to be really committed to playing through Ubisoft’s library to see the value in it. If you’re already paying for a few services, a Uplay Plus subscription could be one too many.
The Ease of Use
Signing up to Uplay Plus is very simple. All you need is your Uplay account and app and then follow the typical steps with a PayPal or debit card to hand.
From there, launch Uplay and you should find a Uplay Plus tab, from which you can browse the selection of over 100 Ubisoft games. Simply add them to your library and start downloading.
On a broader note, however, we’ve found Uplay to not be a typically deficient launcher in general. Slow to navigate, it also often gets confused with if you have or haven’t signed up to Uplay Plus, so watch out for that.
Ubisoft have a fair few games coming out over the next year or so, big hitters like Legion and quainter fare like Gods and Monsters being two of their most attractive prospects. Whenever it sees the light of day, Beyond Good and Evil 2 will also be a part of the subscription.
However, with how Ubisoft’s business model works, a lot of their new releases will be live service games, meaning that your mileage may vary on whether that’s something you will enjoy or not. As we’ve seen with Breakpoint and New Dawn, Ubisoft are trying to make a lot of their games feel similarly with random RPG mechanics and looting. Bear in mind that these aren’t evergreen games, either.
The price must also come into question at some point down the line — it’s just too much by comparison.
Uplay Plus may also be coming to console at some point in the future with EA Access as a frame of reference.
For us, Uplay Plus is Ubisoft putting out a subscription service because they feel like they have to and not putting too much time and effort into it, reflected by the lack of market analysis in terms of price comparison and spotty integration with Uplay.
The price really is a hard hurdle to get over, though there is some value in it if you want to catch up on a lot of Ubisoft’s older catalogue, such as the Splinter Cell and AC collections. If you just want to play their new games at a cheaper price, a subscription is also not a terrible idea, either.
We’d be hard-pressed to recommend that you stay subscribed all year round, rather that you just sign up for a single month when you want to play a new game and then cancel before recurring payments set in.
Ultimately, Uplay Plus is just another subscription service that doesn’t do anything to make it stand out. It has less overall value than the similarly priced Origin Access Premier and is far behind the likes of Games Pass and PlayStation Now. Unless you live and breathe Assassin’s Creed, this is one subscription service you can miss.
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