Ubisoft will be ditching Ubisoft Club and Uplay, and merge the two services to create a next-gen service, Ubisoft Connect. The service has been described as an “ecosystem of players services for all Ubisoft games across all platforms.”
Launching on October 29, the same day as Watch Dogs Legion, the key aim of Ubisoft Connect is to provide “the best environment for all players to enjoy their games and connect with each others whatever the device.”
The new service also supports cross-progression and cross-play, meaning save data can be carried from one platform to another, and linking one account to another will also save progression. Plus, players can come together online and play across all platforms. Ubisoft says that most of their games “with a multiplayer functionality aim to support this feature.”
Connect can be accessed via your game menu, (consoles), and downloading Ubisoft Connect for PC. A mobile app is available to install for iOS and Android, or via the website. The service is completely free and all that’s required is a Ubisoft account.
All live games from Ubisoft and new releases will be supported by Ubisoft Connect services and its loyalty program upon launch. While certain components of the service will be available for Ubisoft’s back catalog of games, including stats, leaderboard, and Smart Intel will remain, the challenge system will be inactive. To make up for this, Ubisoft will offer all the rewards available from the games.
With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla due to launch on November 10, Ubisoft announced their post-launch plans for the game. Valhalla will include a Season Pass and extra content. Season 1 is due to begin in December 2020, featuring a special mission hailed as “The Legend of Beowulf,” a grisly mystery involving murders and destroyed livestock.
Season 2 and 3 looks likely to arrive around March and June 2021 respectively, while the Season Pass will be included with the Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of Valhalla.