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Ubisoft Gamescom 2012 Press Conference Roundup | All The Trailers, Announcements & Betas

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Ubisoft Gamescom 2012 Press Conference Roundup | All The Trailers, Announcements & Betas

Or: Ubisoft's Free To Play Orgy

Ubisoft's Gamescom presser reveals a new commitment to the Free To Play market (which is projected to be worth $24.7 billion market by 2014) with innumerable F2P titles linked to major brands. Silent Hunter Online, Anno Online, Might & Magic: Duel of Heroes, Might & Magic: Heroes Online, Raiders Of Might & Magic and Ghost Recon Online will offer very different gameplay experience, one whether in browser, via a client or playing cards on an iPad.

And that was pretty much it, bar another pointless and overlong eSports session on Shootmania Storm. Safe in the knowledge that they rocked E3, Ubisoft didn't even bother to bring heavy hitters like Sleeping Dogs or Rayman Legends along, instead solely focusing on their free to play offerings.

We've rounded up all of the trailers, announcements and closed beta links below.

Silent Hunter Online

Ubisoft plans to bring Silent Hunter's tense submarine warfare to the free to play MMO Space with Silent Hunter Online. It will almost certainly run through a client, and may occupy a niche between Wargaming.net's F2P menu  (since World Of Warships probably won't feature submarines). It's in development by Settlers Online developers Blue Byte.

You can apply for the closed beta here.

Anno Online

Anno Online is a city-building MMO that will take place in-browser. Players will be able to cooperate in creating enormous metropolises, and communicate to further their own agendas. You can register for the closed beta here.

Might & Magic Raiders


This newly announced free-to-play action RPG will offer four classes with radically different abilities, and encourage small and frequent bursts of gameplay.

You can register for the closed beta here.

Might & Magic Heroes Online


Might & Magic Heroes Online (also F2P, surely you're seeing the pattern here) will offer a more strategic focus than Raiders, allowing players to marshall enormous armies and command powerful heroes. It's been confirmed as a browser game.

You can register for the closed beta here.

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions

Essentially, Might & Magic: Duel Of Champions is a Magic The Gathering-style CCG for PC and iPad. The base version will be free, supported through microtransactions for booster backs and other acoutrements.

You can... say it with me now... register for the beta here.

Ghost Recon Online

Ghost Recon Online, the free-to-play online shooter, is now live and ready to download.

All in all? It's great to see major companies attempting to expand their reach into the burgeoning Free To Play market, though perhaps it's possible to have too much of a good thing? The lack of more Wii U games or Watch Dogs details was also a little galling - if anything, did this really need a press conference?

If the free to play market does end up being worth $24.7 billion by 2014 - and it probably will - then the answer is yes.

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DivideByZero  Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:55

Ubisoft U_play is having a sale. Hawx 2 for £1 - yes!

JonLester  Aug. 16, 2012 at 12:29

Ubisoft U_play is having a sale. Hawx 2 for £1 - yes!


There'll be more too - the post will be going up very soon! Uplay hasn't exactly covered itself in glory over the last year, hopefully things are looking up.

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