Thanks to Ubisoft’s recent decision to end online services for a number of their older titles, players who have purchased downloadable content related to the affected games will soon have their ability to access add-ons revoked entirely.
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As announced by developer earlier this month, Ubisoft will soon be “closing online services for certain older games, allowing us to focus our resources on delivering great experiences to players playing newer or more popular titles” .
“To help us achieve this goal, a number of older titles will be added to our list of decommissioned online services on September 1, 2022,” Ubisoft explained, before providing a list of affected titles and their feature changes. which result.
According to the developer, starting September 1, 2022, online services will no longer be available for Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed III (2012 release), Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3 (2012 release), Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Rayman Legends, Silent Hunter 5, Space Junkies, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and ZombiU.
Although the main effect of this service change is that players will soon be “unable to link Ubisoft accounts in-game or use online features” in any of the listed titles, in some cases Ubisoft has also noted that, for some games, “the installation and access to downloadable content (DLC) will not be available.
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This disclaimer as given for the respective DLC offerings for the PC versions of Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012 release), Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3 (2012 release) , Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Silent Hunter 5.
In an interesting aside, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Ubisoft warned that after online services end, “To play the single-player campaign, you will need to put your console into offline mode. “
However, the VR title Space Junkies received the worst, as the developer announced, “As a multiplayer-only title, you will not be able to play the game in the future.”
It should be noted while the announcement came July, 1stthe game was being sold on Steam, according to a July 3 report from Gamer on PCfor at least several days without any mention of its impending closure being placed on its page.
This was finally rectified on July 7.
Additionally, AC: Liberation HD steam page was updated around July 11, according to third-party Steam database monitoring website SteamDBto state that the service change would make it not only unavailable for purchase, but downright inaccessible
“At the request of the publisher, Assassin’s Creed® Liberation HD is no longer available for purchase on Steam,” read one notice, while another read, “Please note that this title will no longer be accessible after September 1, 2022”.
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Unlike Ubioft’s list, there were other PC titles that Steam said would be unplayable for a while. These included Year 2070, Assassin’s Creed IIIand Silent Hunter 5 with only Assassin’s Creed III playable after September 1.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Far Cry 3, Prince of Persia, the forgotten sandsand Splinter Cell Blacklist would remain on Steam. assassin’s creed 2, Revelations, Ghost Recon: Future Soldierand Legends of Rayman will also remain, although there is no warning on their Steam page about the discontinuation of multiplayer and DLC at the time of writing.
Driver San Francisco seems to have already deletedand since ZombiU was a Wii U-exclusive title, it never appeared on the online PC storefront.
Despite what was said on Steam, Ubisoft denied that Steam players would lose access to their games, saying IGN“As noted in our support article, only DLC and online features will be affected by the upcoming retirement. Current owners of these games will still be able to access, play or re-download them.
“Our teams are working with our partners to update this information across all storefronts and are also evaluating all options available to players which will be impacted when these games’ online services go offline on September 1, 2022,” insisted. the developer. “Our intention has always been to do everything in our power to allow these legacy titles to remain available under the best possible conditions for players, and that is what we are working towards.”
Since then, titles that previously stated they would be inaccessible after September 1 have had their Steam pages updated to explicitly state that “the base game will continue to be playable.” This update, again based on title history on Steam DB, appears to have been released on July 11.
While most delisted Steam games are generally still playable for those who purchased them, and in some cases can even be redownloaded after being deleted, it appears the upcoming service change will prevent every game from performing. its respective digital rights management (DRM) license checks. , which are used to verify the purchase of the title before launching the game via Steam.
It looks like Ubisoft could have expected some backlash even before the changes came after wider media coverage, as their tweet announcing the news was posted with its comments disabled.
This service shutdown follows Ubisoft’s similar decision last April to terminate online services for 90 gameswith the removal of the Ubisoft Connect feature preventing content for certain titles from being unlocked – although players who had previously accessed said content could still access it.
Curiously, at the time, Ubisoft claimed that several titles had been taken offline by mistake. These included eight of the titles affected by their latest shutdown, including Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Far Cry 3.
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