The short answer is – partially yes. PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers can access a catalog of Ubisoft classics games at no extra cost. But the full Ubisoft+ subscription with new releases is a paid service coming soon. Let me explain in more detail…
A Quick Look at Ubisoft+
Hey friend! Before we dive into what‘s free with PlayStation Plus, let me give you an overview of Ubisoft‘s subscription services:
Ubisoft+ is a premium subscription that provides access to new Ubisoft games on release day, their full back catalog of over 100+ titles, all DLCs and expansions, and cross-platform play. This normally costs $14.99 per month.
Ubisoft+ Classics is a catalog of popular back-catalog Ubisoft games included free with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium plans.
So Ubisoft+ Classics gives you a taste of Ubisoft games to enjoy on your PlayStation. But to get new releases day one and everything Ubisoft offers, you‘ll want the full Ubisoft+ subscription coming soon.
Diving Into Ubisoft+ Classics on PS Plus
As a PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium member, you gain access to the Ubisoft+ Classics game catalog at no additional cost.
This means you can browse and download fan favorite franchises like:
- Assassin‘s Creed
- Far Cry
- Watch Dogs
- Rainbow Six
- The Division
- For Honor
Ubisoft adds new titles to the classics catalog periodically. Currently, it includes games like:
- Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla
- Assassin‘s Creed Odyssey
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Watch Dogs
- Watch Dogs 2
- Rainbow Six Siege
- The Division
That‘s just a sample – there are over 25 titles in total as of November 2022. Pretty solid for a free addition to your PlayStation Plus membership!
While the Classics catalog gives you a healthy dose of Ubisoft hits from the past decade, it is still a limited selection compared to the full Ubisoft+ library. Let‘s look at what you get with the premium subscription.
The Full Ubisoft+ Experience
The full Ubisoft+ subscription provides access to all new Ubisoft releases on day one, along with their entire back catalog spanning decades. We‘re talking over 100 high-quality games ready to play instantly in one subscription.
Imagine being able to jump into the latest anticipated games like Assassin‘s Creed Mirage, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Skull & Bones and more on release day – no need to pay $60-70 for every new title.
Plus, you still get all the Ubisoft classics and back catalog games from the Ubisoft+ Classics PS Plus offer.
Beyond access to new releases, Ubisoft+ also includes:
- All DLCs, expansions, season passes – no incremental costs
- In-game items, rewards, unlockables – over $160 value per month
- Cross-progression and cloud sync across platforms
- Early access trials for selected new games
According to Ubisoft, the service offers over $160 worth of in-game content every month. For $14.99 per month, that‘s an incredible value if you enjoy Ubisoft‘s worlds.
In 2022, Ubisoft+ launched on Xbox consoles. It‘s coming soon to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 as well. This will allow PlayStation gamers to enjoy the full benefits of the premium subscription.
How Much Game Time Do You Get?
To help quantify the size of the Ubisoft+ libraries, let‘s look at some game length estimates:
|Game Catalog||Avg Game Length||Est. Game Hours|
|Ubisoft+ Classics (25 games)||25 hours||625 hours|
|Full Ubisoft+ (100+ games)||25 hours||2,500+ hours|
According to How Long to Beat, the average Ubisoft game takes around 25 hours to complete the main story.
- With 25 titles in Ubisoft+ Classics, that‘s about 625 hours of gaming.
- For the full Ubisoft+ catalog, that‘s 2,500+ hours of playtime.
Of course, you can spend way more time on some games by completing side quests, exploring open worlds, and replaying your favorites. The point is – you‘ll have no shortage of epic gaming adventures!
When Can You Access New Releases?
Ubisoft has committed to launching major new games on Ubisoft+ the same day they release for purchase. That means subscribers get instant access instead of paying $59.99 or more per title.
Some examples of major 2023 releases coming to Ubisoft+ on launch day:
- Assassin‘s Creed Mirage
- Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
- Skull and Bones
- The Division Resurgence
The service also provides early access to try new games before launch. For example, Riders Republic was playable on Ubisoft+ up to 10 hours before it was available for purchase.
So a Ubisoft+ subscription lets you play upcoming Ubisoft games earlier than everyone else. You‘ll want to subscribe before a new release to take advantage of day one access.
Any Free Trials Available?
If you‘re new to Ubisoft+, you can test drive the service with a 1-month free trial on PC. This lets you experience the benefits and massive game catalog before paying.
After the trial ends, you can choose to subscribe for $14.99 per month or cancel. So there‘s no risk in trying it out.
Ubisoft also offers free weekends and limited time events to play certain games for free on PC and console. Be sure to check the Ubisoft website for announcements of any upcoming free play periods.
These are great ways to enjoy Ubisoft games without a subscription. But they only give you access to select titles for a short time.
Can You Play Ubisoft Games Without a Subscription?
Absolutely! Ubisoft offers a range of free-to-play games that you can download and play anytime without a subscription.
Some popular free Ubisoft games on PlayStation include:
- Tom Clancy‘s Rainbow Six Siege
- Hyper Scape
- The Division: Heartland (upcoming)
These free games are supported by optional in-game purchases and battle passes. But you can play the core game and enjoy online multiplayer without spending a dime.
Ubisoft+ Classics on PlayStation Plus also gives you access to a hefty catalog of amazing games for "free" as part of your membership.
So between free-to-play titles and the Classics catalog on PS Plus, you have plenty of options to enjoy Ubisoft games without paying for Ubisoft+. But you‘ll be missing out on new releases, complete DLC access, and other benefits.
Will PlayStation Acquire Ubisoft?
There has been some speculation about whether major gaming companies like Sony, Tencent, or Microsoft would acquire Ubisoft. However, Ubisoft remains an independent AAA publisher for now.
Acquiring Ubisoft would be a massive deal valued at over $10 billion dollars. PlayStation acquiring Ubisoft would give them full control over huge franchises like Assassin‘s Creed, The Division, Far Cry, and more. It would likely make many major Ubisoft titles PlayStation console exclusives.
For comparison, Microsoft purchased Bethesda in 2021 for $7.5 billion, making games like Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI Xbox exclusives. An Ubisoft acquisition could have a similar impact on PlayStation exclusivity.
While no deal is officially in the works, Ubisoft says they are open to sell under the right circumstances. With Sony aggressively investing in studios to expand PlayStation‘s catalog, Ubisoft seems like a logical major acquisition target.
Acquiring Ubisoft could make PlayStation Plus an even more enticing subscription offer with coveted exclusives. We‘ll have to wait and see how the gaming landscape evolves!
The Bottom Line
So in summary friend, here‘s the key takeaways on Ubisoft+ and PlayStation Plus:
Ubisoft+ Classics – A catalog of popular older Ubisoft games included free for PS Plus Extra/Premium members. Gives you access to 25+ titles like Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla.
Full Ubisoft+ Subscription – The premium service with new releases day one, all DLCs, and 100+ games for $14.99 per month. Coming soon to PlayStation.
Free Games – F2P titles like Rainbow Six Siege can be played free without a subscription.
Possible PlayStation Acquisition – Sony purchasing Ubisoft is speculated but not confirmed. Would bring more exclusives to PlayStation.
Hope this gives you a full picture of what to expect from Ubisoft subscriptions on your PlayStation. Let me know if you have any other questions!