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Joining the seemingly endless roster of streaming services, Ubisoft announced this week that will join the fray in September with an unlimited play subscription gaming service called UPlay+. The entertainment company has a large library of hit game franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry and will include upcoming releases like Watch Dogs: Legion and Ghost Recon Breakpoint in the service as well.
The new service plans to flip the switch on September 3. Pre-orders are open and will include the month of September for free. After that, the service is $14.99 a month, which gives players access to more than 100 games. The library includes older titles and upcoming games like these popular titles.
The standalone service initially only includes access for PC games, but Ubisoft has a powerful ally waiting in the wings. Uplay+ is part of the Google Stadia streaming service next year, which allows players to launch games from a wide variety of devices, including consoles.
Ubisoft isn’t the only gaming company to offer a digital subscription. Electronic Arts opened up its library in 2014 and expanded access this year to consoles via PlayStation 4. Microsoft offers a broad variety of games for $14.99/month with the Xbox Game Pass or the lower tier Game Pass PC.
With streaming getting worldwide acceptance and more players than ever before, a digital subscription model is the easiest way to reach users. Uplay+ has an extensive catalog of proven game franchises. Unlimited access will give players a chance to engage with old favorites and be among the first to try out the new games. In a crowded marketplace, the key to Ubisoft’s success may be the willingness to participate in Google Stadia.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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