Ubisoft closes online services for 90 games
Oh no. I hope no one was in the middle of an online co-op game of Burst cell: Convictionbecause you’re not going to end this anytime soon if that’s the case.
As reported by GameSpot, Ubisoft has shut down online features for 90 older games, across multiple platforms. For some titles, this shutdown happened a full month earlier than originally planned, with seemingly no explanation as to why.
A number of older Assassin’s Creed titles have been affected by this, making it a sad day for a series with such a big story – take a look at its evolution below.
At the end of last month, it was announced that Assassin’s Creed 2, Far Cry 2, Burst Cell Conviction and Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands were just a few titles whose online services were to be discontinued on May 22. A total of eight games were listed at the time, with Ubisoft explaining that: “Closing services for some older games with smaller online audiences is a necessary part of [delivering the best online services for customers]because it allows our IT and service staff to better focus on delivering great online experiences to the vast majority of customers playing newer, more popular titles.
However, there you have it, all eight, and dozens more (including several Splinter Cell and Just Dance titles), fill out a list of games whose online services were discontinued on April 22. It should be noted that not all games have been shut down on all platforms, however – assassin’s creed 2Online services from , for example, are only listed to have been discontinued on PC, Mac, iOS and OnLive, so console gamers can probably keep them around for a bit longer.
In an article listing all affected games (which you can view here), it was clarified that all game news and player stats have been disabled, but offline features will remain available. Unlockable content (ULC) like skins and maps will no longer be able to be unlocked, and on PC any ULC you’ve previously used will also become unavailable (console players will retain access unless they delete their files backup where they unlocked this).
Most of these games are quite old, so it’s not too surprising that they end up losing support like this, but it’s still quite sad to see it coming. Save your classic titles well tonight, my friends.