Mysterious "Ubisoft Pass" Leaks Ahead Of E3 2019 Press Conferences
Just what is the Ubisoft Pass?
A listing for what could be a new Ubisoft game service or something in the same vein has emerged online ahead of E3 2019 next month. Members of the Resetera forum (via VG247) spotted a placeholder listing for something called "Ubisoft Pass."
The listing has since been removed, but VG247 reports that the Ubisoft Store also had a page dedicated to subscription services that has also since been taken down. That is curious since Ubisoft does not currently operate any subscription services.
The original placeholder image was for a "Premium" version of the Ubisoft Pass. This wording suggests that the service, if it is real, may be available in different tiers.
Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, is a big believer in streaming as a technology that will be a huge deal for gaming going forward.
"With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us," Guillemot told Variety in 2018.
For a streaming service to have success, you need content. As one of the biggest publishers in gaming, Ubisoft is not lacking in games, as its back catalog is deep and rich with major franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Splinter Cell, Rabbids, Watch Dogs, and many others.
Ubisoft worked with Google on that company's streaming platform, Stadia, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Ubisoft be announced as one of Stadia's third-party partners this summer.
A Ubisoft spokesperson told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation."
If not a streaming service, it's possible that Ubisoft Pass could be an EA Access-style offering where people can pay a monthly fee to get access to a variety of titles. This is only speculation, however. For now, you should take all of this with a grain of salt, as Ubisoft has made no announcements.
Ubisoft's E3 2019 briefing takes place Monday, June 10, beginning at 1 PM PT. GameSpot will have all the big news from Ubisoft's E3 briefing and all the other ones, so keep checking back for more.
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