Best friends forever: EA to sell games on uPlay, Ubisoft to sell games on Origin

SERIOUS BIDNESS

By on February 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

In a surprising twist, today Ubisoft and EA agreed to use each others’ digital delivery platforms to sell each others’ various games. Presumably coming together in a concerted effort to make Steam less appealing, the two publishers will now work together rather than trying to cut each others’ lunch.

In fact, Ubisoft is opening its doors to all manner of third-party developers for the first time, including Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 1C Company, bitComposer Games, Bohemia Interactive, Encore Software, Focus Home Interactive, Freebird Games, Iceberg Interactive, Nordic Games, Paradox Interactive, Recoil Games, Robot Entertainment, Telltale Games, and Torn Banner Studios.

There’s no word on whether or not installing an EA game through uPlay will require you to launch Origin, or if buying an Ubisoft game through Origin will mean firing up uPlay anyway. Hopefully not, as that would be… well, the word “horrific” springs to mind.

Source: Press Release

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Its still fairly good news. Maybe one step closer to getting EA back on Steam where it should be.

 

Cool, now they can jack up the prices together for us Aussies.

 

The bigger Origin/uPlay get the more incentive there will be for developers to release solely on those platforms. How long until they start paying devs to not release on Steam?

 

bastards. i cant wait to see origin launching through u play with starforce … ur right. horrific.

 

Nemesis_22,

I love your optimism, but I can’t see that happening. EA and Ubisoft will use the greater user numbers generated by this deal to justify the continued existence of both clients.

 

tusker,

I err on the side of optimism these days. I even pre ordered Aliens: Colonial Marines.

My regret. It is supersized. ;_;

 

There’s no word on whether or not installing an EA game through uPlay will require you to launch Origin, or if buying an Ubisoft game through Origin will mean firing up uPlay anyway.

Odds on that that will be the case.

 

Nemesis_22:
tusker,

I even pre ordered Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Oh dear.

“When Good Intentions Go Bad.”

 

I’d expect horrific to occur tbh.

 

I have assassins creed 1 and 2 on steam. I believe each of the games launch uplay and then uplay launches the game.

 

subw00fer: Cool, now they can jack up the prices together for us Aussies.

My immediate thoughts.

 
GeneralHerpes.

I really don’t understand the hate, they are all online DRM doing the same shit. ONLY reason I use Steam is because it has the most games, not because it’s anything special.

 

generalherpes,

It’s more to do with the unnecessary doubling up of DRM. Ubisoft also do this on Steam (uPlay (and, in the case of Anno 2070, SolidShield) in addition to Steam) and I hate them for it.

 

If this means i can buy Origin keys for ubisoft games and not have them launch uplay then this is great news. BUT these are 2 companies who have let me down before and i fully expect they will do it again.

GeneralHerpes, Steam does the job so well where the other 2 are just not that good, Uplay being utter rubbish. Steam also has Aussie content servers witch is free data for most.

 

generalherpes:
I really don’t understand the hate, they are all online DRM doing the same shit. ONLY reason I use Steam is because it has the most games, not because it’s anything special.

Written like someone who has never used the abomination that is uplay. Calling it a virus would be unfair to viruses and imply a level of functionality it lacks.

Here is a Dilbert comic about it:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-09-17/

 

Well it’s a start I guess.

And I agree with caitsith, Uplay is horrific.

 

So you can pay double what the US pays to buy Ubisoft games through Origin and download them at 30KB/s, or you can get origin games for free through uplay and download them at full speed but can’t play them most of the time due to the whole thing being a steaming pile of crap…

I bet Steam is running scared… /sarcasm

 
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