Starting today, Stadia players can access the Ubisoft+ beta by signing up at the company's website and using the app on Google's cloud-based platform without the need to bundle it with Stadia's own subscription service. The Ubisoft+ app will be rolled out to all players starting today and concluding later this week on December 16. If you don't see it there yet, you should before Thursday.
Ubisoft+, formerly UPlay+, is Ubisoft's subscription game service much like EA Play. It offers a wide range of Ubisoft's catalog for one monthly subscription fee. Players can access anything in the library as much as they'd like to so long as they're subscribed.
Unlike EA Play, which mostly offers games older than roughly six months, Ubisoft+ gives players access to the Premium Editions of new games as well, including this year's trio of major releases, Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising. The price difference does reflect this added benefit though, as Ubisoft+ comes in at $14.99 per month as compared to EA Play's $4.99 per month. EA Play is also available via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for no additional charge, while Ubisoft+ is currently only available on PC, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna, which is Amazon's new cloud-based gaming platform.
Upcoming games from Ubisoft, such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Far Cry 6, and Rainbow Six Quarantine, will be available at launch for subscribers. As players also get the Premium Editions of each game, the upcoming DLC expansions for games like Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising will also come to the service for no extra charge.
On Stadia and Luna, this also means all of this content is available to play instantly upon their respective release dates, as the cloud-based platforms make no use of downloads, installs or waiting for patches and updates. It all happens seamlessly before the player ever sees it.