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uPlay for Watch Dogs on PC only for activation [Update]

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[Update]

Since release, we’ve discovered this to not be true. We got bad info – only it came straight from our Ubisoft rep. We apologise to anybody inconvenienced by having to use uPlay.

You may have heard that yes, Watch Dogs for the PC will indeed use uPlay, despite previous rumours to the contrary. Well, we’ve got good news.

We’ve just been told by Ubisoft that uPlay will only be used to activate the game. It’ll be a once-off connection to activate the game and the DLC, and you’ll never need to see uPlay again. Hooray!

I think the reception to  uPlay’s omission from South Park: The Stick of Truth has made people at Ubisoft take notice; PC gamers don’t want to have to run the service in parallel with other DRM systems like Steam – no matter what perceived value Ubisoft sees in it. Hopefully, this is the push Ubisoft needs to drop uPlay as a requirement for all of its PC games going forward.

Watch Dogs is coming to PC, Ps3, Ps4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 27th.

Last Updated: April 9, 2014

57 Comments

  1. Jedi JJ

    April 9, 2014 at 11:57

    Woohoo! Back on the wishlist

    Reply

    • Rock789

      April 9, 2014 at 12:03

      You mean it was off? **stares in disbelief**

      Reply

      • Jedi JJ

        April 9, 2014 at 12:03

        It was going to work on Uplay. That abomination has no place on my pc

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        • Lloyd Franklin

          May 4, 2014 at 07:19

          Get your head out of Gabe’s backside.

          Reply

          • Jedi JJ

            May 5, 2014 at 09:41

            It’s only halfway up. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see what new specials they have on Steam. 🙂

  2. Black Mage [Umar]

    April 9, 2014 at 11:59

    Wow……

    Reply

  3. Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    April 9, 2014 at 12:01

    Many DRM, such uPlay, very activate. WOW

    Reply

    • Jedi JJ

      April 9, 2014 at 12:03

      Yea! Doge is the greatest

      Reply

    • Black Mage [Umar]

      April 9, 2014 at 12:06

      Just couldn’t resist could you……

      Reply

    • Acornbread

      April 9, 2014 at 12:08

      At least it doesn’t require

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        April 9, 2014 at 12:22

        I don’t mind Win8 tbh

        Reply

        • Acornbread

          April 9, 2014 at 12:25

          No gaming problems? I’m apprehensive to make the jump, seeing as Win 7 is perfectly fine.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            April 9, 2014 at 12:58

            None at all, just running Win8, not 8.1

          • mundox

            April 11, 2014 at 14:34

            8.1 user here, been using 8 for a year+ now.

            I have no issues with it, its snappier than 7, games run without issues and you can just add the start menu with “classic shell” if you dislike metro (be aware that the start menu will be officially added back to 8.1 in a future update).

            I don’t use any legacy software so I’m not sure about compatibility issues there.

        • Jedi JJ

          April 9, 2014 at 12:26

          I’ve used it twice and thought it felt too much like a dumbed down hippie version with all the blocks and kak. But that could just be me. 🙂

          Reply

          • Unavengedavo

            April 9, 2014 at 12:34

            Windows 8.1: “Good news, we put back the start button on the desktop! But it still takes you to the unnecessary full screen kak menu”

          • Jedi JJ

            April 9, 2014 at 12:35

            I really hate that thing. If I wanted to feel like I’m working on a tablet or a phone, I’d use a tablet or a phone.

          • Kensei Seraph

            April 9, 2014 at 12:36

            From using XP, Vista and 7 I’ve gotten used to pressing the Windows key to make the taskbar appear so I can see the time.
            8 just takes me to that dodgy menu.

          • dan0019

            April 9, 2014 at 15:41

            You need Windows 8 to run DX 11.2, this is the only reason I upgraded. Its not too bad although still has some compatibility issues with some programs..

  4. Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

    April 9, 2014 at 12:05

    This game would be infinitely funnier and more fun if they actually used that character model

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      April 9, 2014 at 12:06

      I’d chase cars and urinate on everything!!!!

      Much like my average day anyway

      Reply

      • Jedi JJ

        April 9, 2014 at 12:07

        lol

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      April 9, 2014 at 12:44

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        April 9, 2014 at 12:59

        This gif!!! OVER 9000000000000!!!!!

        Reply

      • Rince

        April 9, 2014 at 13:01

        Brilliant!

        Reply

      • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

        April 9, 2014 at 13:06

        Too much win!

        Reply

    • Brian

      April 11, 2014 at 00:02

      No it wouldn’t be. All memes should fucking die, they are not funny at all.

      Reply

  5. Admiral Chief in Space

    April 9, 2014 at 12:06

    Good news Wednesday!

    Reply

  6. Macethy

    April 9, 2014 at 12:15

    Anyone will to take bets that their activation servers will be down or “under maintenance” for a week post launch?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      April 9, 2014 at 12:18

      Put me down for a 100

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        April 9, 2014 at 12:34

        It’s not really ethical to bet on sure things.

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        • Admiral Chief in Space

          April 9, 2014 at 12:57

          Good point.

          Put me down for 10 000!!!

          Reply

  7. Hammersteyn

    April 9, 2014 at 12:29

    Awesome news. Hopefully other companies will sit up and take notice

    Reply

    • Jedi JJ

      April 9, 2014 at 12:30

      I know! Every game needs doge in it!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        April 9, 2014 at 12:45

        such doge

        Reply

  8. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    April 9, 2014 at 12:38

    But will uPlay even connect when authentication time comes?

    Reply

  9. Hammersteyn

    April 9, 2014 at 12:40

    Steam does it better than other DRM clients. Origin,uPlay,etc. needs to deal with it.

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    • Lloyd Franklin

      May 4, 2014 at 07:21

      Steam is terrible and needs to die.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 5, 2014 at 07:29

        I don’t use it as much as other people here, but must people love it. Especially the specials. sill, it would be nice to have just one client running.

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        • Lloyd Franklin

          May 10, 2014 at 08:28

          Yes it would and it would be nice if the customer could choose which client they want to use instead of being force to use crappy Steam for 99% of the games.

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  10. MakeItLegal

    April 9, 2014 at 12:56

    Ya ya , that’s what they saying now , come launch it’s Gana be patch uplay this then steam will have to patch the patch and then after 2 months u can finally play the game

    I can see where this is headed , if ubisoft tacked on the uplay steam stuff to late then early adopters are Gana be beta testers

    Someone said it the other day , pull yourself towards yourself , make uplay and the other drms a channel within steam , and completly drop the other crap off the batt once an for all

    We need some one like steam to be making these decsions , pc is a ball ache to begin with , let’s simplify the customer experience so the point where it’s simpler to game on pc , having only one drm to manage all game services , simple unfied gaming ….

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 9, 2014 at 15:55

      SteamOS will be an even bigger pain to get started with I think. At least with Windows it’s a known environment.

      Reply

  11. Rince

    April 9, 2014 at 13:00

    HOORAY FOR DATA MINING! WOOOOOT!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 9, 2014 at 15:29

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      • Rince

        April 9, 2014 at 15:46

        HAHAHAH!

        Reply

  12. Sk3tz0

    April 9, 2014 at 15:33

    UPlay when they want U to Play.. hahaha

    Reply

  13. BDK

    April 10, 2014 at 13:50

    Fuck you steam!

    Reply

    • Lloyd Franklin

      May 4, 2014 at 07:22

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Steam has to be the worst idea ever. It never bloody works correctly.

      Reply

  14. Connor Stones

    April 11, 2014 at 01:52

    This + the recent PC graphics video? Fantastic.

    Reply

  15. sallyl. minni h. KAVERI LOVE >

    May 10, 2014 at 15:19

    ok>D

    Reply

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