Ubisoft will end online services for several titles, revoking players’ access to previously purchased DLCs

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.

Source: Assassin’s Creed Revelations (2011), Ubisoft

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As announced by the 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 gamers playing older titles. recent or more popular”.

“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.

Source: Far Cry 3 (2012), Ubisoft

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.

Source: Assassin’s Creed III (2012), Ubisoft

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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. “

Source: Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (2014), Ubisoft

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 has been sold out on Steam, according to a July 3 report from PC Gamer, for at least several days without any mention of its impending closure being placed on its page.

This was finally rectified on July 7.

Source: Space Addicts (2017), Ubisoft

Additionally, AC: Liberation HD’s Steam page was updated to July 11, according to third-party Steam database monitoring website SteamDB, to indicate that the service change would not only make it unavailable at 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”.

Source: Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD Steam Page, Steam

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Unlike Ubioft’s list, there were other PC titles that Steam said would be unplayable for a while. These included Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed III, and 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 Sands, and Splinter Cell Blacklist would remain on Steam. Assassin’s Creed 2, Revelations, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Rayman Legends will also remain, but carry no warnings on their Steam page about stopping multiplayer and DLC at the time of writing.

The San Francisco pilot appears to have already been removed, and since ZombiU was a Wii U-exclusive title, it never appeared on the PC’s online storefront.

Source: Rayman Legends Steam Page, Steam

Despite what was stated on Steam, Ubisoft denied that Steam players would lose access to their games, telling IGN, “As noted in our support article, only DLC and online features will be affected by upcoming decommissioning. 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.”

Source: Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD Steam Page, Steam

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.

Source: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2013), Ubisoft

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 end online services for 90 games, with the removal of the Ubisoft Connect feature preventing content from being unlocked for certain titles – although players who had already accessed said content can 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.

Source: Rayman Legends (2013), Ubisoft

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