As a lifelong gamer, I've seen my fair share of subscription services come and go, each promising a wealth of gaming experiences for a reasonable monthly fee. But when Ubisoft announced their Plus service launching on Xbox at a staggering $17.99 per month, I couldn't help but feel a bit skeptical. Why the steep price tag, especially when compared to the beloved Xbox Game Pass, which offers a FAR more extensive library of games?
Ubisoft Plus, while providing access to some of the company's most popular titles, seems to be charging a premium without offering a correspondingly premium service. Sure, it allows you to play on Xbox, PC, and Amazon's Luna cloud gaming service, but the Multi Access plan's monthly fee still seems too steep to justify.
First reported by The Verge, the pricing plan for Ubisoft Plus on Xbox is higher than that of Xbox Game Pass, which is surprising considering the breadth and variety of games included in the latter service. To make matters worse, many of the titles available on Ubisoft Plus can often be found on clearance or at discounted prices, making the idea of committing to a monthly subscription even less appealing.
As a skeptical gamer, I can't help but question the value proposition of Ubisoft Plus on Xbox. With the gaming market saturated with subscription services, it's crucial for companies to stand out with competitive pricing and a strong lineup of games. However, with the current state of Ubisoft Plus, it seems like the service falls short in both of these aspects.
Ubisoft Plus Multi-Access Launch Lineup
At launch, Ubisoft+ Multi Access is bringing over 60 games to Xbox. The full lineup can be seen below.
Anno 1800 (Xbox Series X|S only)
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (includes Assassin’s Creed Liberation)
Assassin’s Creed Unity (Gold Edition)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ultimate Edition)
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, India, and Russia
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Deluxe Edition)
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Gold Edition)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Gold Edition)
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
Child of Light (Gold Edition)
Far Cry Primal (Deluxe Edition)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Classic Edition)
Far Cry 3 (Classic Edition)
Far Cry 4 (Gold Edition)
Far Cry 5 (Gold Edition)
Far Cry 6 (Gold Edition)
Far Cry: New Dawn (Deluxe Edition)
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Ultimate Edition)
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ultimate Edition)
Hungry Shark World
Immortals Fenyx Rising (Gold Edition)
Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (Gold Edition)
Rabbids Party of Legends
Rainbow Six Extraction
Rainbow Six Siege (Deluxe Edition)
Risk: Urban Assault
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
Shape Up (Gold Edition)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Gold Edition)
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Deluxe Edition)
The Crew (Ultimate Edition)
The Crew 2
The Division (Gold Edition)
The Division 2
Trials of the Blood Dragon
Trials Rising (Gold Edition)
Trivial Pursuit Live
Trivial Pursuit Live 2
UNO (Ultimate Edition)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Watch Dogs (Complete Edition)
Watch Dogs 2 (Gold Edition)
Watch Dogs: Legion (Deluxe Edition)
Wheel of Fortune
In an era where gamers are more conscious of their spending and the gaming landscape is ever-evolving, I can't help but wonder if Ubisoft Plus on Xbox will struggle to find its footing. Will the company reconsider its pricing strategy, or will it continue to push forward with a service that seems to offer less bang for the buck?
Only time will tell if Ubisoft Plus will be able to stand its ground in the competitive gaming market. For now, I'll be sticking with my trusty Xbox Game Pass and keeping an eye on Ubisoft Plus' progress – from a safe distance.