Uplay, Ubisoft's middleware platform that became a full-fledged digital distribution platform a little over a year ago, will be rolled into its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases. Ubisoft announced that Uplay will be available on all the titles in Ubisoft's next-generation lineup, including Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, The Crew, The Division, Watch Dogs, and the recently announced games Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and Trials Fusion.
Ubisoft claims that users will benefit from Uplay services, features, and rewards rolled into its games from one central account. The system will likely function like it does on current generation systems; Uplay is a menu option in Ubisoft titles that can be loaded up to show a feed of social events, what your friends have accomplished in the games you are playing and whatever special "Upoints" you and your friends have been awarded. Upoints are spent on various perks including special unlockable goodies within games.
Critics of Uplay are likely worried that this second layer within next-generation systems simply gets in the way of playing the game. Other concerns are related to the software being used as a DRM layer. Finally there is a concern that Ubisoft might use Uplay as a way to deal with used games purchases. The whole used games part of the equation is speculation, but both Sony and Microsoft have said that they would leave such things in the hands of publishers. Some publishers like EA have smartened up about using things like "online passes" to squeeze a few extra bucks from consumers who buy used…
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Finally, Ubisoft announced that Uplay client update 4.0 would be rolled out in October for PC. The client will add a download manager and more social features.