The last few months have been busy for the video game giant Ubisoft. July brought the announcement that four titles headlined by VR exploded cell and Ghost Recon Frontline would be canceled and a significant portion of the titles were also delayed. Although this disappointed some fans, the developer kicked off July by announcing that online services would be shut down and end of support for a myriad of older titles would begin on September 1, much to fans’ frustration.
Shutting down services isn’t something new in any industry as companies look to the future and relegate resources to the next big thing. However, the problem Ubisoft presented to fans was twofold; players would lose access to the multiplayer services of their favorite titles as well as they would lose access to any DLC they paid for. Along with this, if a game had an online-only campaign mode, players would have to play the game in offline mode. The shutdown was supposed to take place on September 1, but Ubisoft announced an extension giving players until October 1.
Some parts of the online service shutdown were expected to impact different platforms differently, such as the PC losing access to the DLC for a few. Assassin’s Creed securities, Far Cry 3and Splinter Cell Blacklist, compared to consoles retaining the ability to access the DLC at any time. Ubisoft then clarified that the expansion gives fans the option to keep the DLC only if they activate said content before the October 1 hits. It is important to note that this only affects original versions of titles, so remastered games will retain their services.
Ubisoft also announced that a dedicated team will upgrade online services to Year 2070allowing players to continue enjoying its online features. space junkies, Ubisoft’s HTC Vive and Oculus Rift title, was another game that was meant to be shut down, and that remains the same as it won’t see an expansion as it’s a multiplayer-only experience. Here is a list of games that will remain active until October 1:
- Anno 2070 – PC
- Assassin’s Creed 2 – PC/PS3
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed Reveals – PS3/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed 3 – PC/PS3/Wii U/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD – PC
- San Francisco Driver – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- Far Cry 3 – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- Ghost Recon Future Soldier – PS3/Xbox 360
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PC
- Rayman Legends – PS3/Wii U/Xbox 360
- Silent Hunter 5 – PC
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- ZombieU – Wii U
The original announcement of Ubisoft’s shutdown caused a lot of disappointment among fans, and while extending the scheduled shutdown of online services is certainly a welcome move, some fans are still not happy with the solution, especially since it only lasts a month. extension. As Ubisoft looks to the future, be sure to take advantage of the time that remains before the above titles are permanently disabled.
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