Is Uplay Plus Worth Subscribing To?

If you're a fan of Assassin's Creed, you're in luck.

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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.

 

The Games

Uplay Plus AC

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

 

The Price

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

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

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.

 

The Future

Watch Dogs

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.

 

The Verdict

Ubisoft

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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