Ubisoft is merging its loyalty program, Ubisoft Club, and desktop app Uplay into Ubisoft Connect, the developer announced. In addition to a rewards program, it will introduce crossplay and cross-progression in games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
The new hub will be available for free, but it requires a Ubisoft account. Ubisoft Connect “aims at giving the best environment for all players to enjoy their games and connect with each others whatever the device,” Ubisoft said. Players who use the service will be able to earn Ubisoft Connect XP for playing games and completing in-game challenges. Gaining XP will allow players to level up their Ubisoft Connect accounts, which will award a second currency, Units, that can be used to unlock various rewards for different games. Additionally, players will be able to see what their friends are up to and get news through the service’s Feed.
Ubisoft Connect will launch on October 29th, alongside Watch Dogs: Legion; the developer plans to include Connect in all “major upcoming” games. Other titles transitioning to Connect include For Honor, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Hyper Scape, Steep, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
Ubisoft has decided to unlock over 1,000 Club rewards that will no longer be accessible under the new program.
“Some of our older games are no longer patched and have not transitioned to Ubisoft Connect and will still have Ubisoft Club branding even after the release of Ubisoft Connect,” Ubisoft’s frequently asked questions page reads. “For these games we have unlocked all the Ubisoft Club rewards for free. You will see notifications for the unlocks when you start your game.”
The list of games that won’t be making a full shift to Ubisoft Connect includes recent releases like Far Cry 5, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Anno 1800, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Just Dance 2020, The Crew 2, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, as well as several older installments in the Assassin’s Creed series.
Live games such as The Division 2 and Rainbow Six Siege are scheduled to be brought into the Connect fold over a two-month period after October 29, and every new Ubisoft game is planned to launch with full Connect functionality. What Ubisoft Connect will look like in practice, exactly, is unclear.