Ubisoft revealed today a new online service called ‘Uplay’ to coincide with the release of Assassin’s Creed 2. Unlike the new Bioware points system (which is vaguely similar to another well known points service), Uplay rewards players for there in game performance and not their wallet size.
‘Uplay is Ubisoft’s online destination where gamers are at the centre of a connected gaming universe that will be developed around four primary services: Uplay Win, Uplay Help, Uplay Share and Uplay Shop. The Uplay Beta is only launching with Uplay Win so far.
Uplay Win enables players to collect units based on their actions in the games and exchange them for rewards such as exclusive in-game content or goodies. Uplay Win’s Units can also be gathered cross platform: PC,360, PS3.
In Assassin’s Creed II, a real Altaïr costume and exclusive in-game content such as access to the Auditore Family Crypt are among the rewards offered through Uplay Win. For those who don’t want to redeem their units right away, they can save them to use on other games such as the upcoming Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and many more to come.’
Now this sounds like what I believed achievements should have done since the start of the accomplishment era in gaming. If this service sticks directly to rewarding you for you’re in game actions and doesn’t have the added choice of spending money on items, this could be the way forward. Should it involve money as well, unfortunately the rewards will most likely require huge amounts of points plus your cash to gain them all. I appreciate the idea that they are simply unlocks that could have been done offline, but Ubisoft have stepped it up a notch by allowing you to take your points across to other games. I look forward to seeing more from this service and will keep you up to date on any new developments.