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How does Uplay work if you bought the Ubisoft game on Steam?

#1MrMonkhousePosted 4/8/2014 10:58:52 AM
Well I guess for those who bought AC4 on Steam... how does it work? So you have both Steam and Uplay running at the same time or what?
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#2CatToyPosted 4/8/2014 11:00:02 AM
It launches Uplay when you start the game.
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#3KillerTrufflePosted 4/8/2014 11:06:02 AM
You actually wouldn't even need Steam running, but you'll have to run UPlay for sure.

Typically, you'll launch the game from Steam, then UPlay will load, and once you sign in there, you can play the game.

Alternatively, if you've tied the game to your UPlay account, you should be able to simply launch UPlay and run the game from there without Steam. Or you could even run the game's .exe directly from its install folder, which will still launch UPlay, but again, wouldn't require you to be running Steam. For games like this, Steam actually doesn't act as DRM, but any other DRM (like UPlay) still applies.
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#4arleasPosted 4/8/2014 11:53:38 AM
KillerTruffle posted...
You actually wouldn't even need Steam running, but you'll have to run UPlay for sure.


Actually, I just tried.... I closed down steam, loaded up Uplay, went to the games list there and chose "Driver: San Francisco" and it said "Uplay is now launching steam..." and sure enough steam started back up. :I

Outside of the old Ubisoft games, the only recent Ubisoft game that doesn't require the Uplay client is Rocksmith 2014 (and probably the original Rocksmith as well). I'm pretty sure if you bought the game on steam, steam is still gonna have to be running to play it, though there may be exceptions.
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#5InterfusorPosted 4/8/2014 1:28:07 PM
South Park doesn't require Uplay either.
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#6KillerTrufflePosted 4/8/2014 2:09:13 PM
arleas posted...
KillerTruffle posted...
You actually wouldn't even need Steam running, but you'll have to run UPlay for sure.


Actually, I just tried.... I closed down steam, loaded up Uplay, went to the games list there and chose "Driver: San Francisco" and it said "Uplay is now launching steam..." and sure enough steam started back up. :I

Outside of the old Ubisoft games, the only recent Ubisoft game that doesn't require the Uplay client is Rocksmith 2014 (and probably the original Rocksmith as well). I'm pretty sure if you bought the game on steam, steam is still gonna have to be running to play it, though there may be exceptions.


Wait, UPlay launched Steam after it loaded? That's awfully weird... I didn't have that issue when I tried it, although I don't have any notably recent UPlay games. That must be a more recent development. I don't really get why UPlay would launch Steam - a competing service that isn't necessary under the circumstances. That's actually the first time I've ever heard of a game absolutely requiring that two game clients be running simultaneously to play a game.
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#7arleasPosted 4/8/2014 2:40:59 PM(edited)
KillerTruffle posted...
Wait, UPlay launched Steam after it loaded? That's awfully weird... I didn't have that issue when I tried it, although I don't have any notably recent UPlay games. That must be a more recent development. I don't really get why UPlay would launch Steam - a competing service that isn't necessary under the circumstances. That's actually the first time I've ever heard of a game absolutely requiring that two game clients be running simultaneously to play a game.


I don't consider it weird since I bought the games on steam. I didn't try all my games though...

Ok, out of all the games listed on my Uplay account, only two didn't launch steam (when steam was not running)... those two games were not on my steam account and only on Uplay.

The only conclusion I can come to is that if you buy it on steam, it launches steam. If you buy it on Uplay, it only needs Uplay.

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#8MrMonkhouse(Topic Creator)Posted 4/8/2014 3:01:56 PM
Thanks
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