The early technical struggles of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs appear to have created a domino effect that is causing trouble on all major gaming networks.
An Xbox Live status alert has been issues regarding social and online gaming functions on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and the blame is being placed firmly at the feet of uPlay.
“Hi Xbox members, are you having trouble using the Uplay feature on games like Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag?” it reads.
“We are working with our partner to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience. We'll update you on our progress as soon as we have more information.”
There are also reports on forums of troubles with the title on PS4 and PS3, too, as well as Ubisoft’s games on iOS.
All of which comes after the PC version of the game experienced terrible trouble in its first 24 hours. Along with reports of save files being lost due to the inability to log into servers, many have been left being simply unable to download the game they have paid for.
And you can add to that a raft of complaints about the PC game itself, ranging from stuttering and flickering to physics glitches and poor performance on high-end machines.
The long and short of it is that as long as triple-A titles such as Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4 impose DRM requirements on users that actively damage their user experience, pressure will continue to build on high RRPs and increasing numbers will turn to pirating games – which of course are free of such restrictions.