Ubisoft to disable online services and activate DLC for some older games, even if you purchased them at full price

Ubisoft to disable online services and activate DLC for some older games, even if you purchased them at full price

If you are a fan of some of the old Ubisoft titles, it might be worth taking a look at the back catalog and downloading some of these games while there is still time. The company announced that by September 1, 2022, a number of its addresses will no longer be able to access the Internet. This not only means that these games will lose their multiplayer capabilities, but it also means that any games that contain DLC that need to be activated online will not be accessible after that date. The affected games are as follows:

  • year 2070: Multiplayer, Link Accounts, Online Features
  • assassin’s creed 2: Multiplayer, Link Accounts, Online Features
  • assassin’s creed 3 (Remaster not affected): Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Fighting the creed of the Brotherhood: Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD: Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Revelation Killer Creed: Multiplayer, Online Features
  • San Francisco driver: Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Far Cry 3 (Remaster unaffected): Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Multiplayer, to play a single player campaign you will need to put the console in offline mode
  • Prince of Persia, the forgotten desert: Multiplayer, Account Linking, Online Features, Access to Downloadable Content (DLC)
  • Rayman Legends: Linking accounts, Internet features
  • Silent Hunter 5: Multiplayer, Link Accounts, Online Features
  • space enthusiasts: the whole game
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist: Multiplayer, Link Accounts, Online Features
  • zombie: Linking accounts, Internet features

Of course, this highlights a bigger problem when it comes to buying digital games. At any time, companies can (and most likely will) revoke access to your games, even if decades have passed. Your favorite games now that require online services to activate, will not be playable one day. The same can be said about cloud gaming platforms, of which Ubisoft has also been a staunch supporter. What is particularly scandalous is that in this case, Ubisoft is removing files Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD From Steam, after it went on sale for summer sale on Steam. Game owners will not be able to continue playing it either. Silent Hunter 5 It displays the same message on its Steam page.


Assassin's Creed Liberation on Steam showing removal message

As for why Ubisoft says it’s shutting down online services for these games, it’s not the most obvious answer. The company simply states, “Closing the online services to some older games allows us to focus our resources on delivering great experiences to players who play newer or more popular titles.” In other words, it probably just means that these games cost the company money to maintain the servers, but the problem is that the items of those games that require activation servers (like DLC) will fail because those servers are down. The latest game on the list is Space Junkies, which launched in 2019 as a VR multiplayer game.

If you are affected by this server shutdown, let us know in the comments below. As companies shut down old titles that were associated with online activation methods for DLC and other additional content, this is likely to become a more common phenomenon. Even the most famous titles like Call of dutyAnd the Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveAnd the Note and watch, and more will eventually shut down their servers, and games with single player campaigns should be completely protected from duplication. The downloadable content (DLC) that people have bought should also be protected, especially when it comes to games that could have been purchased at full price only a few months ago.


Source: Ubisoft

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