In a somewhat unexpected announcement Ubisoft today revealed that they are teaming up with a variety of third party PC game publishers for the digital distribution of their retail and digital-only games via the Uplay shop.
So basically, a selection of PC titles, including those from Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Focus Home Interactive and others will be made available on Ubisoft's own service. The company also announced that some of their titles will be made available on EA's Origin service as well, including Assassin's Creed III. To encourage PC gamers to check out the service, Ubisoft is running a promotion offering a free download of a number of games for those who spend more than $19.90.
Read on for the announcement.
Today, Ubisoft announced that top titles from leading video game developers and publishers are now available through Ubisoft’s Uplay shop. PC games from Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 1C Company, bitComposer Games, Bohemia Interactive, Encore Software, Focus Home Interactive, Freebird Games, Iceberg Interactive, Nordic Games, Paradox Interactive, Recoil Games, Robot Entertainment, Telltale Games, Torn Banner Studios and others now can be purchased and downloaded through Uplay shop.
“Ubisoft is committed to continually improving Uplay and making it the most rewarding set of services available to our customers,” said Chris Early, vice president of digital publishing at Ubisoft. “Adding excellent titles from EA, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and many other top developers to Uplay shop means that players now have more choice in where and how they purchase games online.”
To encourage customers to try the expanded Uplay shop, Ubisoft is offering a free digital copy of Driver San Francisco Deluxe Edition, From Dust, Might & Magic Heroes VI Deluxe Edition, Rayman Origins, The Settlers 7 Gold Edition or World in Conflict: Complete Edition, with the purchase of any PC digital game priced $19.90 or higher, from today through March 4. In addition, Uplay members can redeem all Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 Uplay rewards for free during the promotion.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing EA titles to Uplay and Ubisoft titles to Origin – the more choice for consumers, the better in today’s gaming world,” said Michael Blank, vice president of production for Origin at EA. “Offering games like Dead Space 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted and more on Uplay is a great opportunity to reach even more PC gamers worldwide.”
Among the numerous third-party games that will be available through Uplay shop players will be able to download Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (bitComposer), Arma 2: Complete Collection (Bohemia Interactive), Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Chivalry (Torn Banner Studios), Crusader Kings II (Paradox Interactive), Crysis 3 (EA), Endless Space (Iceberg Interactive), King's Bounty: Warriors of the North (1C Company), Orcs Must Die 2 (Robot Entertainment), Rochard (Recoil Games), The Book of Unwritten Tales (Nordic Games), The Walking Dead (Telltale Games) and To The Moon (Freebird Games).
Pre-orders for titles like EA’s SimCity Limited Edition are also available. In addition, Ubisoft announced that it is now selling its games through EA’s Origin digital download service, including Assassins Creed III and Far Cry 3. For more information, please visit www.origin.com.
Uplay offers 50M members across PC, console and mobile platforms a rich set of services including a friends list and messaging, cloud saves, achievements, social challenges and more. Using their Uplay identity, gamers have access to a unique program which rewards them with exclusive content and events for their loyalty across any Ubisoft game, and on any platform.