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Windows Central editor Jez Corden claims that the Assassin’s Creed publisher could incorporate its Ubisoft+ platform into Xbox’s own subscription service, according to his sources.
Corden wrote on Twitter: “I imagine it would be a vault or smaller slice of older games, but crazier things have happened. I always thought EA Play would be an extra tier of Game Pass, but they just rolled that bad boy right in. Guess we’ll see.”
Ubisoft+ (previously Uplay+) provides unlimited access to a back catalogue of over 100 Ubisoft games, plus day one access to new releases, for $14.99/€14.99/£12.99 per month.
Currently, the service is only available on PC and cloud gaming platforms, and not consoles.
As of November 10, 2020, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on console gained an EA Play membership at no additional cost, granting members unlimited access to full versions of selected EA back catalogue games. Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on PC will enjoy the same benefit later this year.
In a recent interview with Gaming Bible, Xbox marketing GM Aaron Greenberg suggested the addition of EA Play to Xbox Game Pass is part of a long-term agreement between Microsoft and EA.
Greenberg also said Microsoft was “open to” more marketing partnerships and co-promotions with other subscription services, having previously offered Xbox Game Pass members six months of Spotify Premium and a 30-day Disney+ trial.
“So right now we have a significant partnership with EA Play… and this is going to remain in the service for quite a while,” he said.
“So people should, just like you see, what if you compare to other subscription services like Netflix, and you know, where if it’s a Netflix Originals, those kind of stay on forever, if it’s something that they licence what’s made independently, it’s sort of up to the rights of the content owners.
“The same applies here,” Greenberg continued, “but EA is invested in Game Pass, just like we’re invested in helping support the EA Play catalogue. And we think, you know, ultimately, gamers are gonna be the ones that are going to win here.”