Ubisoft Takes Next Step in Game Streaming With ‘Ubisoft Plus’

By Bill Toulas / October 28, 2020

Game developer and publisher Ubisoft has overhauled the ‘UPlay Plus’ service and renamed it to ‘Ubisoft Plus.’ Along with the superficial refresh, a set of new integrations have been launched, like the promised one on Amazon’s Luna service and also one on Google Stadia.

The price hasn’t been changed, so it stays at $14.99 per month. The launch date was set to November 10, 2020, almost two weeks from now.

Subscribers of the ‘Ubisoft Plus’ will gain access to 2020 titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Immortals Fenyx Rising, which are all still very hot. On top of that, there’s access to hundreds of titles through Google Stadia and Amazon Luna - which are both game streaming services. This practically means that ‘Ubisoft+’ will open the door to the world of portability and cross-platform support, as game streaming can take place on any device and any hardware.

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Ubisoft is introducing cross-progression capabilities on Ubisoft Plus, which means that whatever progress the player does on the PC is saved on the cloud and can be resumed on the smartphone or tablet and vice-versa. It’s a unified and seamless experience that makes people forget all about the means of input and focus on having fun.

Alexia Brumé, associate director at Ubisoft, has shared the following statement with The Verge:

With Ubisoft Plus, our vision is to provide more options for our players to access their favorite Ubisoft games, wherever they are and whenever they want. Ubisoft Plus is only available on PC — we really want to be able to cut this hardware limitation. It’s the opportunity to expand to new people — we’re going to have people that maybe cannot afford a proper rig, and that will be able to also enjoy our games [through cloud services].

One thing to note here is that Ubisoft has promised to offer Stadia and Luna support for free (no additional costs other than the Ubisoft Plus subscription) only for the duration of the beta. What happens after that remains a question so that $14.99 per month pricing could be revisited.

Also, there are no plans currently about Xbox and PlayStation integration, although this could be added in the future. For now, ‘Ubisoft Plus’ is an enticing offering, but we’ll have to see how things unfold after the project exits beta.

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