It looks like Xbox has taken another step towards total domination. Ubisoft yesterday revealed that its very own games subscription service, Ubisoft+ will launch on Xbox in the near future. The giant publisher (Ubi, not Microsoft) announced this via a post on its own website, which you can see here. It says.
“Originally launched for PC, the service allows access to more than 100 Ubisoft titles at a single monthly cost, with games and DLC available on launch day, and monthly rewards including cosmetics, boosters, in-game items, and more.”
Alongside the announcement came news that Rainbow Six Extraction will be a day one addition for Xbox and PC Games Pass Subscribers. The upcoming title will be available to play on launch from the 20th January this year. Rainbow Six Siege is of course already available on the Microsfot subscription platforms, so this is perhaps less of a surprise.
Ubisoft+ joining forces with Games Pass would be a collaboration of Bethesda proportions
Ubisoft+ is a service that is, right now constrained to PC gamers. This deal with Microsoft will therefore open up the service to an entirely new console audience. Currently the subscription costs £12.99/$14.99 monthly, but as of now it’s unclear whether Ubisoft intends to charge existing Games Pass customers. Like EA it may intend to simply bundle its services together with the already extensive Xbox subscription.
Chris Early, Ubisoft senior vice president of strategic partnerships and business development shared a few words on the upcoming collaboration,
“Rainbow Six Extraction for Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass members is just the beginning. Ultimately, we will offer the Ubisoft+ subscription service to Xbox owners so that they can enjoy the full extent of our Ubisoft+ game library, including new releases, on their consoles.”
Whether or not Ubisoft+ will simply be rolled into the Games Pass service, this is yet another blow for Sony. Ubisoft have confirmed that at this time there are no plans to bring Ubisoft+ over to PlayStation owners. Microsoft’s ambition to monopolise the games as a service market shows no signs of stopping in 2022.
Source; True Achievements
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