Leaks suggest Ubisoft is redesigning its Connect gaming client. Ubisoft Connect replaced UPlay a few years ago, but the beta version appears to take ideas from the Epic Games Store, suggesting that the business is attempting to update and streamline its PC client.
In 2020, Ubisoft Link planned for a complete PC gaming client makeover. It improved update distribution mechanisms and player rewards, but it also inherited UPlay’s login troubles.
After almost three years, Ubisoft Connect is allegedly getting a major overhaul. Respawn First received a lot of images of the new and better Ubisoft Connect 2.0, which appears to be largely influenced by the Epic Games Store. The stolen photos show a dark, streamlined Interface with redesigned home, login, and game library pages.
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The source states that Ubisoft Connect 2.0’s featured version is now undergoing a beta stress test and being quietly put out to a small number of customers, so it won’t necessarily appear like an extension of the Epic Games Store when it releases to a wider audience. Ubisoft could consider this as Steam Deck users can easily install the Epic Games Launcher.
Ubisoft Connect 2.0’s development seems odd given the company’s workplace closures. Nevertheless, because the sole source of the concept that a new Connect client is being worked on is an out-of-the-blue leak, it’s possible that this rework has been coming for some time and is just continuing in its development process regardless of what’s going on at the firm.
In early 2023, Ubisoft’s stock price plunged, prompting studio closures and substantial layoffs. Ubisoft has sold assets and will restructure over the next two years, depreciating €500 million in capitalized R&D. Studio leaders call this “natural attrition,” which will hurt Ubisoft.