Assassin's Creed II intros Ubisoft achievement system

Uplay beta lays out reward system for in-game tasks with downloadable perks like new costumes, levels.

Systems like Microsoft's Gamerscore, Sony's PlayStation Trophies, and Steam's Achievements all dole out rewards for in-game accomplishments, but only in decidedly intangible bragging rights. With the launch of Assassin's Creed II this week, Ubisoft has gone into open beta testing with its own achievement system, Uplay, featuring still-intangible but decidedly more appealing rewards.

"I'm sorry, but I won't let the life of some old guy stand between me and that exclusive wallpaper."

In addition to bragging rights, gamers who complete Uplay tasks (for example, discovering the Assassin's Tomb in the publisher's recently released sequel) will earn points that can be redeemed for a variety of downloadable goodies. Currently Assassin's Creed II is the only Uplay-compatible game, although the upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction and R.U.S.E. will also support the service.

Each game has four achievements worth a total of 100 points to earn and four corresponding rewards to unlock. At 10 points, gamers can get free wallpaper (PC edition) or themes (Xbox 360 and PS3), with 20 points netting Assassin's Creed II players an expanded in-game knife belt. For 30 points, gamers can swap out protagonist Ezio's duds for those of the first game's protagonist, Altair. And at 40 points, players can unlock access to Ezio's family crypt in Assassin's Creed II, though it's unclear what it holds (beyond Ezio's family, of course).

Conviction's rewards include an extra weapon, multiplayer skin, and multiplayer game mode, while R.U.S.E. will offer players downloadable unlocks for an exclusive tank upgrade, and a new single-player map. Uplay will also serve to give gamers hints and cheats for Ubisoft games and offer social functions including forums and leaderboards.

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unrstone
unrstone

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themidgethotel
themidgethotel

now this is what I'm talking about! an economy run by Mad Skillz, not Dollar Bills.

optimuserik
optimuserik

That's absolutely right . We should obtain at least cooler ( if not better ) weapons , clothes and whatever oh and maybe cool finishes for killing

person2
person2

Agreed, all that time getting achievements should be rewarded with something more valuable than numbers.

blowtrees
blowtrees

MS won't follow suit because they don't stand to make any money. I bet at some point they'll limit what incentives are allowed to be given out for achievments. All the lucrative prizes should come with a price tag. Don't give Ubi too much credit either. They've withheld finished in game content from thousands of players simply because they didn't 'pre-order'.

cloudy14
cloudy14

I think that is what microsoft should have done gamerscore instead of ms points

X-RS
X-RS

the question now is, will micrososft follow suit? the stetement is ubi you rouck!!!!

cogoga
cogoga

I've the new thumb!!! , but i didn't explore it yet...

scraping101
scraping101

Hmmm, if this works well for AC2, does this mean UBI might consider adding older titles to this reward system? If so while they're at it, could that also mean they might add a trophy patch to ac1?

scraping101
scraping101

Hmmm, if this works well for AC2, does this mean UBI might consider adding older titles to this reward system? If so while they're at it, could that also mean they might add a trophy patch to ac1?

AMT6400
AMT6400

Great job, Ubi! Hopefully more companies follow suit because yes this matters...really I never do many side quest because well there was not much use of them other than trying to expand the story or get more experience...but getting wallpapers? New skins? Secret locations? Wow I like that...

dentui
dentui

I am about to burst out of happiness. I already have the Altair Attire and currently need 10 more points for the crypt. Whoever in UBISOFT created this deserves free cake....Like others said, Finally a reason for those pesky achievements/Trophies

athenian29
athenian29

Superb! Finally, achievement hunters and trophy whores have been vindicated! :D

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Omg what a great idea! Finally a REAL reason to pursue those ridiculous achievements. I wouldn't be giving up half as much as I usually do knowing there is a prize for the hard work and hours I would put into it. I wish that's what 360 would do. You could spend your achievement points on themes and a free movie download etc. That would be so cool, something I thought MS was doing in the first place but found it the whole thing is just one big imaginary pissing contest. Mad mad kudos to Ubisoft for going the extra mile and giving gamers a reason to play there games soon, and often.

meateater79
meateater79

Just like unlockables, but at least we don't have to buy them for 200 MS points.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

pidow-how does this help you finish the game? I don't understand. Anyway, more reasons for playing an already great game is a definiate plus.

Kevu
Kevu

Rewarding the player for playing is always a great idea in my book. It what makes GTA San Andreas more appealing and fun than GTA IV for a lot of people.

pidow
pidow

I do not need help finishing a game, any game.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

So this is exactly like good ol unlockables but with a different name.

73X
73X

Awesome.

rtalmadge
rtalmadge

This sounds sweet to me. Assassin's Creed was an amazing game, and hopefully the sequel is equally as fun.

Sannom
Sannom

I'm hoping that this thing will allow the PC crowd to get the Prince of Persia : Epilogue in some way or another, but I'm probably way too much optimistic.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I like how you have to earn these extra downloadables and they're not just for those that want to splurge on XBL marketplace or PSN store.

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

seems like a cool idea. im still waiting for avatar clothing unlocked by acheivments in new games coming out. dont really care about avatar clothing, but if you're going to announce it back it up. this seems like a better use of acheivment unlocks=rewards

WalkerLawerence
WalkerLawerence

I just unlocked Altaïr's outfit...it was free and easy. The Uplay interface is quick, easy, and simple to use. I like it alot, so far. It simply rewards gamers for playing the games with some pretty cool content. There seems to be some potential for social gaming networking too. I hope it all works out, and takes off well. It looks like a great idea put to use.

cody20
cody20

All I can say is that it's about time. I don't understand why this wasn't done from the beginning. When I played my first 360 game and got achievement points, I was like "sweet I wonder what I can get for this!" I didn't realize the answer was nothing. Good work Ubisoft

TheAustrian
TheAustrian

I'm an achievement whore to be honest, but I've always wished I could actually get something beyond bragging rights. This is it - way to go Ubisoft!

Nomanisat
Nomanisat

I thought this was one of the reasons Mass Effect's achievments were interesting, because getting them gave you an actual, tangible reward for the work required, not just a little sound effect and a number. This takes that idea and runs with it, and I think it's a great idea.

wopchop10
wopchop10

this game is amazing so far... and this new acheivement system basically takes the microsoft and sony systems and makes them relevant

bm1212
bm1212

I think that they should just be charged for the downloadable content, I really dont mind paying for dlc that is actually good. How in the world are game developers gonna make money that way. But still everyone like free things. :D

Poodger
Poodger

This is how DLC and Achievements should be used in every game. Additions to the game for free, unlocked only by doing special things in the game. I hate how you get achievements in games for doing what you were supposed to do already to beat the game. Achievements are supposed to be just that: Achievements. I also hate how getting achievements in most games doesnt unlock anything. I dont achievements for the sake of achievements. Give me a rare challenge I have to do that is difficult and out of the way, and if I complete it, give me the achievement and an unlockable for getting that achievement!

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

The whole thing is just a way for Ubisoft to gain popularity, it's pointless. They could easily include the unlocks in the game itself, unlocked at certain points or after unlocking trophies/achievements, but they'd rather use a proprietary system just to hammer their name into our heads. I feel sorry for gamers without an internet connection, it's basically locking off parts of the game for them, especially the AC2 crypt.

weaslerz
weaslerz

Rottenwood, they could just make the achievements with prizes only for single player achievements. I don't get it why Xbox 360 achievements and PS3 thropies don't have these kind of prizes from the start. I mean, those prizes aren't real life money worth, so what the hell? *Sigh* they really are greedy if that is too hard for them. I really hope though that Microsoft and Sony will learn something from Ubisoft :)

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

I sort of miss the old days where games didn't have achivements and you just played through it and when you reached the end you just said "God d4mn, that was beautiful." Then you move on.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

finally, a real way to use all of those achievement points. they're cool, but are basically useless. its nice that they finally mean something. i hope other devs adopt this.

Sannom
Sannom

I'm an absolutely lazy person, so I didn't check if someone already said it : points that you gain in one game aren't limited to that game but can be used on other Ubi games.

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

I was thinking of something like that too. Trophies should deliver points or just money and then u can use that to purchase dlc and stuff. Go Ubisoft! As always they are doing great.

Stretix
Stretix

Sounds like a good plan.

hhamza92
hhamza92

ubisoft has always been a company that makes quality games no matter the circumstances....from its very first game i played(prince of persia:the sands of time) to the latest(assassins creed 2), all have never ciezed to amaze me........ and now their giving goodies for completing stuff which is a really good way to increase the replay value of the game so that we can get the goodies........ the bottom line: all ubisoft games rock!!! buy any game that they release.......'nuff said.

Petruvai
Petruvai

This really is a great idea. Before this I really didn't see a point to the "trophy" system in games. FANTASTIC!!

scraping101
scraping101

This game is freezing up on me, even making it so I can't continue a game that I've put 20 hours into. Help! has anyone heard about a patch coming? anyone else having this problem?

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

That's what achievements should be about. I cannot help but laugh at that pic. From the expression on the guy's face it looks like Ezio is abusing him in a nasty way.