Yes, you all prefer Steam, but registering for Ubisoft’s Uplay service is a small price to play to get Watch Dogs free for PC, right?
The first Watch Dogs is… well it’s OK. Aiden Pierce is a bit po-faced and serious, and does a lot of murdering for a supposedly off-the-grid hacker, but if you like the idea of Assassin’s Creed crossed with Grand Theft Auto V, spiced with 1995 movie Hackers? Then in 2014, it was the game for you.
Watch Dogs 2 came along in 2016, Assassin’s Creed’s gap year, and both series benefited from it. While Watch Dogs 2 looked juvenile and childish at first glance, as it turns out, the glib and colourful meme-filled presentation wasn’t the worst thing about it. It’s good. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than the first.
But if you want to see where it all started, then Ubisoft have a treat for you. For this weekend only, members of the Ubisoft Uplay service – their PC software delivery platform, an in-house Steam or equivalent to EA’s Origin – will find the original Watch Dogs available to download for free. Gratis. Nothing. And you don’t even have to hack in to get it.
You don’t even have been a member of Uplay for a prescribed length of time; you can sign up right now to get this freebie.
Watch Dogs will be free to download from Uplay from November 7th, 2017, at 4:00 PM UTC to November 13th, 2017, at 4:00 PM UTC. Unlike most free weekends, which to be fair are usually trial versions of new games, Ubisoft have confirmed you’ll be able to keep Watch Dogs when the weekend is over. It’s yours. Forever.
You can even pre-load it early, which is a bonus for an already-released title.
Hack the planet!
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