Watch Dogs is almost upon us. While I will probably be opting to play it on console, I know plenty of you “Master Race” gamers will be downloading it through Steam. Unfortunately, Steam won’t be the only thing you need to get your hands on the hacking adventure.
We thought that Ubisoft was ditching uPlay, much the way the did for South Park. However, that is not the case. Confirming to IGN, an Ubisoft rep explained:
Like some of our other AAA releases, including Far Cry 3, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Watch Dogs will be available on Steam and will leverage Uplay to support the games services.
Sorry PC gamers, but you’re going to need the uPlay client, an for everything to be connected when you play Watch Dogs. Oh the irony of extra DRM on a game all about hacking and interconnectivity.
I really don’t understand why Ubisoft would go this route. Is there anyone who sees added value in uPlay? It’s just yet another client that links to yet another server with yet another username and password. It’s clunky and irritating. Watch Dogs already was delayed, do they really need to saddle it with this other nonsense? Surely they saw the positive reaction from gamers when South Park was free of uPlay issues – why couldn’t they just do the same for Watch Dogs.
At least Watch Dogs is almost released. The long wait is almost over – I just need something to push me back onto the hype train.[Update]
We’ve been informed by Ubisoft that uPlay will only be required to activate the game, and to activate the game’s DLC. You won’t need to keep uPlay running to play the game, or run the service beyond activation. We’re waiting on an official announcement from Ubisoft – but as they’re our source for this, we’re confident that this will be the case.
Last Updated: April 8, 2014