Ubisoft Connect launches at the end of October, including a very neat new feature, cross-platform progression.
Launching alongside Watch Dogs Legion on October 29 is Ubisoft Connect, a new service which combines the preexisting Uplay and Ubisoft Club into one enviable package. Ubisoft has clarified some of the details of the move for us in a handy FAQ.
Ubisoft Club and Uplay become Ubisoft Connect, a new environment to enhance your Ubisoft experience on October 29, 2020.
— Ubisoft Connect (@UbisoftConnect) October 21, 2020
As you once could do with Ubisoft Club, you’ll be able to gain XP for your Ubisoft Account and level up to gain spendable “units” you can use on in-game items. You could also once spend them on a 20% off voucher for the Uplay store. It’s not clear if that will continue, but it’s currently advertised on the Ubisoft Connect official page.
Whilst only a very limited number of preexisting games are transitioning to Ubisoft Connect in terms of supporting Ubisoft Connect’s challenge system, you can expect your existing Ubisoft Club Units and XP will be carried over and (even more generously) all the rewards from older games will simply be given away.
The highlight announcement of the move is the addition of crossplay and cross-progression to “most” future titles. This means you should be able to both connect with friends in multiplayer on any platform and carry your save data from one platform to the next. They also promise you’ll be able to get deeper “stats, progression and performance” and compare them with your friends.
Getting people invested in an “Ubisoft ecosystem” seems like a savvy choice on Ubisoft’s part, since it recently launched its Uplay+ subscription service that grants access to its 100+ game catalogue for a monthly fee.
The new service will be accessible on all platforms (including Switch), as well as web and mobile as of 29 October. As someone who now regularly plays Rocket League and Star Wars Squadrons using cross-play, I’m certainly a big fan of any move that brings all these disparate platforms we’ve ended up with together. As with the EA Play rebrand, Ubisoft seems like it’s set out its more insular next-gen intentions.
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