Video games are a popular holiday gift, and publisher Ubisoft is channeling some serious winter cheer by giving away one of its best releases of 2018 — Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — for free as a gift to those who participate in Google’s Project Stream beta.
If you haven’t heard, Google is getting into both the content streaming and video game businesses with its upcoming streaming service, the aptly named Project Stream. Google has stated that it may branch out Project Stream to other forms of media in future, but for now it’s debuting with video games in mind, and its first partnership is with Ubisoft to bring Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the platform.
Google claims Project Stream will be capable of streaming games in up to 1080p resolution and 60 fps, regardless of PC hardware specs, directly through their Chrome browser. All the graphical rendering is done remotely on super-high-end, cloud-based PCs, so the only requirement on the user’s end is a solid enough internet connection to keep latency low and visuals smooth.
Google had previously announced that Project Stream Beta testers would get a chance to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free, but there was a catch: The Project Stream version of Odyssey is a feature-limited build of the game that can only be accessed during the beta test, which ends on January 15.
Now, the Uplay version being offered to testers by Ubisoft is the full PC version of the title that can be installed and played at any time.
How to qualify for the free Uplay version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
In order to qualify for this deal, you’ll need to do the following:
Sign up to take part in the Project Stream beta, as well as a Uplay account (If you don’t have a Uplay account you can sign up for one here). You’ll also need to download the Uplay launcher in order to install the Uplay version of the game.
Sign in with your Uplay account in the Project Stream version of the game.
You’ll then need to put at least one hour of testing time into the Project Stream beta between now and January 15. Once you’ve met the time requirement, you’ll be gifted a copy of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to your Uplay account.
Other than being on the hook for the beta test, it’s a minimal amount of effort for a free copy of a good game. It’s worth noting, however, that while Project Stream will allow the game to be played on any PC as long as the internet connection is strong enough, the Uplay version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is installed locally on your PC and will require beefy hardware in order to run at higher quality.
The other caveat here: not everyone who applies for the Project stream beta will get in. Google has stated that it is only accepting a limited number of applicants, and it’s likely they’ve seen a spike in applications since Ubisoft announced this deal.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is by all accounts a very good game. It’s the latest entry in Ubisoft’s alternate-history series of open-world action titles set in 431 BC in ancient Greece, and was met with positive reviews when it originally released back in October - the PC version currently holds an aggregate review score of 84% on Metacritic.
Critics praised Odyssey for its addition of deeper roleplaying mechanics and for featuring one of the largest in-game worlds the series has seen yet—though some criticised it for its use of microtransactions and an at-times overwhelming amount of content. But considering Odyssey could keep you happily busy for dozens of hours, getting it for free is a steal.