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Ubisoft has been giving away free digital copies of its games to Uplay members throughout the holiday season. The company started with the classic real-time strategy game World In Conflict and the open-world action-adventure game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Well, another open-world action game has been added to the list: Watch Dogs.

That's right, Ubisoft is giving away a free copy of the original Watch Dogs. You'll be able to download a free copy of the game during the holiday season if you have a Ubisoft Club account.

So why exactly are these three games being given away? The company is celebrating the 10th anniversary of both World in Conflict and the original release of Assassin's Creed, both of which came out a decade ago. My how time flies, eh?

It's amazing because back in 2007 the original Assassin's Creed was received with enthused but mixed reactions from gamers. The original game was quite ambitious but limited in its scope, limiting gamers to what they could do in the game along with restricting the way missions unfolded. Many gamers complained about the limited playability and even more limited replayability given how repetitious each missions was. However, the game opened up an all-new way to engage in an open-world sandbox and ended up becoming one of the most popular franchises in the previous generation and one of the best selling franchises of any generation.

Ubisoft decided to help celebrate the 10th anniversary for Assassin's Creed by giving away one of the best selling and most popular outing in the series, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game was a huge hit with gamers and critics alike for allowing gamers to seamlessly transition from sailing their very own customized ship on the high seas to docking at a port town and exploring the inland freely.

As an extra bonus for the celebration, Ubisoft is also giving away a free copy of Watch Dogs for Ubisoft Club members, which you can register to become by visiting the Happy Playdays web portal.

Much like the original Assassin's Creed, the very first Watch Dogs was also a highly controversial game given that the game suffered from major downgrades compared to when it first debuted at E3. The game ended up launching across the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, WIi U and Xbox One and sold quite a bit based on the massive hype that had been generated leading up to the game's release.

However, gamers were well aware of Ubisoft's tricks and the game had a quick tapering off in sales, and all the heat surrounding the downgrades also affected the lead-in sales for Watch Dogs 2, which didn't open anywhere near as big as the first game.

Nevertheless, Watch Dogs did open up some new ways to explore open-worlds, allowing gamers to listen in on conversations of NPCs and pick up interesting side-quests along the way. The game also had a highly praised asymmetrical multiplayer mode that allowed players to catch others off guard and hack their game.

You can grab Watch Dogs, World in Conflict and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag right now, for free, for the PC between December 18th and December 23rd, 2017.

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