Rumor: Uplay to Join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in 2021 Listed Among Other Rumors

An interesting yet not surprising set of rumors has cropped up from known leaker Idle Sloth. Idle Sloth has had a sporadic track record when it comes to rumors, but has in the past gotten several correct demonstrating either Sherlock powers of deduction or insider knowledge.

In a recent post, he makes ten predictions for 2021. The largest being the acquisition of Sega, which has been rumored for some time. More probable is the prediction Ubisoft will add their titles to the Game Pass in 2021.

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The other rumors will be covered in the analysis, so at this point, there is no purpose to further comment on them.

Rumor Analysis: Maybe

From a business standpoint, it makes perfect sense for Ubisoft to put their library on Game Pass. Doing so puts their titles into the hands of people who can be converted into new customers. More importantly, it also puts their games with live service mechanics into people’s hands for free. Increasing either the likelihood people will pay for said features or draws in more people willing to pay for them.

Ubisoft might also be in a position where their options are limited. This last year saw several high-level departures and dismissals with cause. Many titles that were delayed into this year were delayed into next year or saw no significant announcements on their progress. Further Watch Dogs: Legion’s sales were a fraction of the fraction Watch Dogs 2’s sales were of the original. Immortal Fenyx Rising also flopped in sales, failing to make the top ten list for the week it launched. Valhalla is reported to have done well with significant launch figures and staying power as it maintained momentum after launch. Doing so well as to place 4th in the same week Immortal Fenyx Rising launched.

It is unlikely Valhalla sold enough to support two failures and several delays. Coupled with Ubisoft’s high-level departures and terminations, management needs an action to look good to investors. Something a Game Pass deal would accomplish under the right terms.

On the Microsoft side of the equation, they have secured a similar deal with Electronic Arts and have expressed they will continue expanding the game pass service. Including Ubisoft’s titles would be a huge boon for the company and a driving force for the adoption of their consoles. Thus it is in their best interest to pursue such a deal.

As for the source, that’s another matter. He has predicted some things, and other things might have been correct at one point but fell through. That happens in the industry and is something people need to understand about leaks and rumors. At the time they happen, a lot of them are true or in the works, but then plans change.

Microsoft is rumored to be in talks or has nearly finished a deal to purchase a Japanese gaming company. The Sega rumor has floated around for some time, yet From Software has also been stated to be another potential target. It remains possible one part of Microsoft is actively attempting to purchase Sega. Whether such an attempt succeeds or not is another matter. What is known is Sega has become making closer ties with Microsoft and would be a great branding tool for the Xbox in Japan. There is logic in and for the attempt.

His other predictions aren’t as bold or revolutionary. Of course, Microsoft is going to acquire another solid exclusive title. Just as they are going to make Bethesda’s titles exclusive to the Xbox. Inexile working on a big AAA title was confirmed back in September. Obsidian’s six titles are Grounded, A non-violent RPG developed by Sawyer and a small team, Avowed, The Outer Worlds 2, a game lead by Brandon Adler, and the last game is unknown with some suspecting it could be DLC for the Outer Worlds, but it equally could be a Fallout spinoff with the acquisition of Bethesda.

Game Pass expanding into new markets is not really a prediction as Microsoft has aggressively pushed the service to drive console and software sales. Microsoft’s big acquisition is unknown, but Sega and From Software have been floated as candidates for some time. The Farm 51, whose publisher is in dire financial straits after chasing one too many trends, is likely the rumored polish acquisition.

His predictions are either informed by a source or solid guesswork. Without distinguishing which is the case, we cannot take his word as gospel, especially as he has gotten things wrong or had rumors that did not pan out. What should be noted is these are his predictions, not statements of direct knowledge.

What will determine if the Ubisoft rumor comes to pass is whether Ubisoft and Microsoft can work out a deal. It is extremely unlikely Microsoft has not approached Ubisoft with an offer, but whether they take it is another matter entirely. Thus this part of the rumor is maybe more so because it depends on whether two companies can work out an arrangement and less so the source’s validity. The rest aside from the Sega acquisition are nearly a guarantee, with the big acquisition being the only unknown and uncertain element of the rumor.

Watch Dogs: Legion Flops

Watch Dogs: Legions is one of those games where you have to wonder who in their right mind greenlit it. The Watch Dogs franchise started with strong. For the time, it was the most preordered game in Ubisoft’s history and then proceeded to match that momentum on launch with the strongest sales in the company’s history to that date.

By July, the game had shipped over 8 million units and was an unqualified success by any metric. Then Watch Dogs 2 happened. Unlike the originals substantial success, the game went on to sell 80% fewer copies. With many attributing the game’s failure to lackluster design or the blatant injection of cringe-worthy politics.

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Ubisoft Releases Copy Paste Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Trailer Featuring Macho Ma’am Eivor

When Ubisoft isn’t housing soy boys conducting sexual acts against landwhales with problem glasses, then you can expect the company to release copy/paste trailers of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla featuring macho ma’am Eivor Savage, and that’s not a joke. Continue reading “Ubisoft Releases Copy Paste Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Trailer Featuring Macho Ma’am Eivor”

Prince Of Persia: The Dagger Of Time Is A Multiplayer VR Escape Room Game

Prince of Persia Dagger of Time

Ubisoft is bringing back the Prince of Persia franchise, but not in the way you think. The newest entry in the long-running series is no longer going to be an action-adventure, third-person platformer with dynamic combat and an exotic story. No. Instead, Ubisoft is reviving the franchise with as a multiplayer VR escape room experience for VR arcades. Continue reading “Prince Of Persia: The Dagger Of Time Is A Multiplayer VR Escape Room Game”

Netflix Is Turning Ubisoft’s Beyond Good And Evil Into A Movie

Netflix is looking to turn any IP in the games industry either into a TV series or a movie. Already, a plethora of video game to movie or TV adaptations are very much a thing on Netflix, and the company is partnering up with Ubisoft — who is on the Traitors of America list along with Netflix — to make Beyond Good and Evil a movie. Continue reading “Netflix Is Turning Ubisoft’s Beyond Good And Evil Into A Movie”

Splinter Cell Will Gain An Animated TV Series Adaptation On Netflix

Despite rumors flying around that Ubisoft is interested in bringing back Sam Fisher and the Splinter Cell series, it looks like Mr. Fisher will appear on the small screen first rather than on PC or home consoles. According to a new report, Netflix — who is on the Traitors of America list alongside Ubisoft —  is gearing up to air a new Splinter Cell animated series with the help of John Wick writer Derek Kolstad. Continue reading “Splinter Cell Will Gain An Animated TV Series Adaptation On Netflix”

Ubisoft Will Consider Raising Its Video Game Prices Sometime Next-Gen

Ubisoft is looking to raise prices moving forward. Although it won’t happen this generation or early on in the upcoming gen of consoles and games, Ubisoft is considering a price hike from up to $59.99 to something higher. Continue reading “Ubisoft Will Consider Raising Its Video Game Prices Sometime Next-Gen”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Animus Video Surfaces Showing How Eivor Can Switch Genders

Ubisoft will allow players to pick Eivor’s gender in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. With that said, a new video has popped up, and it shows that players can change the gender of Eivor at any time via the Animus. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Animus Video Surfaces Showing How Eivor Can Switch Genders”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Casts Magnus Bruun And Cecilie Stenspil To Portray Eivor

Given that Ubisoft has finally revealed both male and female versions of Eivor in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on July 12th, 2020, you can compare the two characters to their real-life counterparts and see if they have differences or similarities. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Casts Magnus Bruun And Cecilie Stenspil To Portray Eivor”

Far Cry 6 Has Multiple Editions With Outrageous Pricing

Is anyone excited for the new Far Cry 6 with its authoritarian main antagonist? Don’t get me wrong he looks interesting, but Ubisoft’s attempts to recapture the magic of Vaas with each new reveal focusing on the antagonist is getting old. Thus far we know very little about the game, have only seen “gameplay” screenshots that are either PC rendered or from the next generation of consoles, and know virtually little about the game. Continue reading “Far Cry 6 Has Multiple Editions With Outrageous Pricing”

Ubisoft Has Rebooted Skull And Bones, As Per Report

Ubisoft has rebooted its boat game Skull and Bones. However, it’s worth noting that this isn’t official news that Ubisoft  — who is on the Traitors of America list — announced but word from a publication site that has close ties to people working on the forthcoming game. Continue reading “Ubisoft Has Rebooted Skull And Bones, As Per Report”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla To Release Across PC And Home Consoles On November 17th, 2020

Ubisoft — who is on the Traitors of America list — revealed the latest Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay video, which showcases what players can do in the upcoming game as well as the title’s many flaws — such as frames dipping lower than female Eivor’s voice. Nevertheless, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release for PC via Uplay and the Epic Games Store, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Stadia on November 17th, 2020. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla To Release Across PC And Home Consoles On November 17th, 2020”

Three High Level Executives Leave Ubisoft

2019 was not a good year for Ubisoft. The Division 2 failed to meet sales expectations by a significant margin, as reported by Forbes. Far Cry New Dawn went on to sell a quarter of the units of Far Cry Primal, the previous worse selling Far Cry entry. Then Ghost Recon: Breakpoint outright commercially failed, forcing the company to miss its projections and restructure its creative division, as reported by Screenrant. Continue reading “Three High Level Executives Leave Ubisoft”