One downside of the online and digital gaming industry is that games and their associated multiplayer services can be shut down forever when the publisher no longer wants to support them. This is the case of 15 Ubisoft titles, all of which have their online services shut down on September 1. In some cases this will mean you will no longer be able to play a game’s online multiplayer, in other cases it means losing access to DLC. And in an extreme example, it means losing access to the game entirely.
On September 1, Ubisoft will end online services for year 2070, assassin’s creed 2, assassin’s creed brotherhood, Murderer creed revelations, Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, Driver San Francisco, far away 3, Future Ghost Recon Soldier, Prince of Persia the forgotten sands, rayman legends, silent hunter 5, space addicts, Splinter Cell BlacklistY ZombieU. The PC versions of all these games will be affected, as will the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions of the games, where applicable. Thankfully, Ubisoft doesn’t appear to be shutting down online services for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS5, or Xbox Series X games just yet.
The severity of Ubisoft’s online shutdowns is not the same for all platforms. For example, the PC version of assassin’s creed brotherhood is losing access to DLC, so after September 1, fans will not be able to download or install any DLC they own for the game. However, the DLC should remain available to those who own assassin’s creed brotherhood on PS3 and Xbox 360. This is the case across the board, with PC gamers bearing the brunt. Click here for a full overview of all Ubisoft games losing online services and how the impact varies by platform.
Ubisoft Online Services Closure List
- Year 2070 – PC
- Assassin’s Creed 2 – PC/PS3
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations – PS3/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed 3 – PC/PS3/Wii U/Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD – PC
- Driver San Francisco – 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
- Space Addicts – PC
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist – PC/PS3/Xbox 360
- ZombieU – Wii U
In some cases, the closure of Ubisoft’s online services will not have a significant impact on the functionality of a game. Drink rayman legends, for instance. On September 1, the PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 versions of rayman legends You’ll no longer be able to link Ubisoft accounts or use online features, but since it’s mostly an offline experience anyway, it shouldn’t be that devastating.
space addictshowever, it will be the one that will suffer the most from the closure of Ubisoft games on September 1. space addicts is a multiplayer-centric virtual reality game that is compatible with the HTC Vive and Oculus headsets. As space addicts it is multiplayer only, it will stop being playable after September 1st.
The good news is that some of these games have newer versions available that will keep their online services. However, any Ubisoft fans who want to have one last hurrah with the online services for these titles should make sure to do so soon, as the shutdown is set to take place on September 1.
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