Download Free Ubisoft Games on PC for the Holidays

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Ubisoft is celebrating the holiday season, called Happy Playdays, with two free game giveaways on PC (Uplay). Both games, World in Conflict and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, will be available to download for free for a limited time.

The first free game giveaway is 2007’s World in Conflict. World in Conflict is a real time strategy game set in an alternate world where the Cold War turned into a direct clash between the US and Soviet Union. The RTS features a single-player campaign and 16-player multiplayer. The giveaway includes the 2009 expansion, Soviet Assault.

World in Conflict is available to download from now until December 11.

The second giveaway is Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. This edition of the blockbuster historical-action series is set during the age of sail, 1715. You live the life of a pirate in the Caribbean, commanding ships, searching for buried treasure, and assaulting fortresses. It’s widely considered one of the best Assassin’s Creed games (and I can personally attest to that).

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be free from December 11 to December 18.

The Happy Playdays giveaways are only available for PC. Downloading the free games requires an Ubisoft account and Uplay (both free).


Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV Players Can Play For Free in December

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Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV players can go back to the game for free for 96 hours during December. Did you think you could escape? (You can never escape.)

Square Enix is launching a “Free Login Campaign” along with Patch 3.1. users whose accounts have lapsed can come back at no cost for 96 hours between now and December 31. Anyone who has purchased and registered the game, but whose account has been inactive for at least 30 days, can partake in the free period. It will begin as soon as you’ve logged back in. Square Enix cautions that if you log in less than 96 hours before the December deadline, you won’t be able to play through the whole 96 hours–it will end on the 31 no matter what.

It’s worth noting that it seems like the log-in period, while technically lasting four days, will end at 11:59 pm on the 4th day regardless of when you started. The wording is a bit unclear, but be aware that starting your 96-hour session in the evening might cut your time short. The specific wording can be found on the website, so you can take a look and decide for yourself if you want to risk it.

The 3.1 patch also includes new raids and dungeons, as well as a new mini-game. FFXIV’s latest release was the Heavensward expansion, which came out last summer.