An unusual document has just dropped onto my desk from Ubisoft, broken neatly into sections labelled What / Who / Why / When / Where. If you don’t want to read all five of those sections, here’s the short version: To celebrate Gamescom, Ubisoft is making Rayman Origins (2011) available for free, to everyone who has a PC and wants a copy.
So, those sections.
WHAT: As well as kicking off Gamescom, this is actually part of Ubisoft’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The Ubisoft Club is giving everybody the opportunity “to discover or rediscover” classic Ubisoft titles – for free!
MORE WHAT: The project was first announced at E3 – every month until the end of the year will see one Ubisoft digital PC game given away for free. This month: 2D platformer Rayman Origins!
WHO: Ubisoft Club members worldwide (that means you, if you want to sign up for free!).
WHY: Because everybody loves free stuff, and Ubisoft loves everyone. Or something like that, anyway.
MORE WHY: As the studio says: “It wouldn’t be a Ubisoft anniversary without Rayman!” The beloved character was created in 1995, one of the few platforming characters designed in the 32-bit era (Rayman 1 was released on the Atari Jaguar). He’s popped up in all sorts of places since then – including our most recent Videogame Shoebox!
WHEN: You’ll be able to get your hands on Rayman Origins – for free – from Wednesday August 17, 2016.
MORE WHEN: The Ubisoft Club 30th anniversary offer will run for the rest of the year – each game will be revealed each month and will be available to Ubisoft Club members for 30 days only. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
WHERE: Find out how to grab your copy and sign up for more offers – UbisoftClub.com
There. That’s how you do it.