Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and Other Games on Multiple Platforms

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you thought that PC Watch Dog players were the only ones having problems because of Ubisoft's Uplay DRM software, then we have a surprise for you: Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 owners of Ubisoft's open-world hacking action game are also struggling to play the game. So says this advisory from Microsoft to Xbox players - and it's not just Watch Dogs suffering from Uplay problems.

Today Microsoft issued an Xbox Live status alert for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, noting that Uplay was affecting a number of Ubisoft titles including the recently released Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion, Child of Light and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.

Outside Xbox camera guy James Hills also reports that both Trials Fusion and Trials Frontier on iOS devices are suffering problems with their online leaderboards - an issue that started when Watch Dogs was released earlier in the week.

Here's what Microsoft had to say about the whole thing:

"Hi Xbox members, are you having trouble using the Uplay feature on games like Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag? We are working with our partner to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience. We'll update you on our progress as soon as we have more information."

Eurogamer is also saying that it has received reports of Watch Dogs players struggling to connect to uPlay on PS4.

The problem appears to be related to the success of Watch Dogs, which shifted more copies in its first 24 hours on sale than any game in Ubisoft history, and is putting Ubisoft's uPlay servers to the test. They are obviously failing that test.

While Ubisoft is saying that things are improving for players, they also admit that the situation is ongoing and they are still working on fixing the problems.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Eurogamer


Comments

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

Why do sheep still persist in buying Ubisoft games?

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

Because most of them are really, really fun to play.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

"The problem appear to be related to the success of Watch Dogs, which shifted more copies in its first 24 hours on sale than any game in Ubisoft history, and is putting Ubisoft's uPlay servers to the test."

Are you really, really, really, really, really, really sure about this? I mean, Uplay has always caused problems across the board and it's hard to tell the difference between poor performance and normal performance with Uplay enabled products. For example, Far Cry 3 would take anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes to connect Uplay servers and you could do nothing in that time. The solution was to disconnect from Xbox Live and the game would then load swiftly. Trials Fusion has had its problems from day one up until now.

But I'm glad it was correctly termed as DRM because it serves no other purpose. They try and sweeten it with their reward system, but I'm sorry to say that a wallpaper I can download from the Internet without any hassle isn't much of a reward. What is that you say, Ubi? I can get a skin that makes me look like a character from another game? I'M SOLD!

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

It is optional on console. Problem is the leaderboards use it, so you have to log in to access them. But just playing the game? No problem.

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

What? You mean adding another point of failure in the form of a site you have to log into is causing problems with the game? Who ever could have foreseen this other than all the people who did because they have basic pattern recognition and have noticed that this shit happens every time a hyped game that involves logging into an unrelated service is released?

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

If your going to copy steam, copy there massive back end to.

Re: Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and ...

There's an easy way to prevent this sort of problem: make logging into uPlay optional. Problem solved. I'll take my $50,000 consulting fee now.

 
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