Ubisoft to pull online from older games, which also takes away your DLC

Ubisoft has announced that, effective September 1, it will be decommissioning the online features (opens in new tab) of a selection of older games. I’ve compiled a list of the PC games affected, their release dates, and what features will be removed below:

  • Anno 2070 (2011): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (2010): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (2014): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access DLC
  • Driver San Francisco (2011): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Far Cry 3 (2012): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010): co-op multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Silent Hunter 5 (2010): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features, access to DLC
  • Space Junkies (2019): “As a multiplayer only title, you will be unable to play the game going forward.
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013): multiplayer, linking accounts, online features

Ubisoft states that “Closing the online services for some older games allows us to focus our resources on delivering great experiences for players who are playing newer or more popular titles.” I’m certainly sympathetic to that argument—I doubt there’s a ton of gamers out there still playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist’s online multiplayer. Additionally, the remastered versions of listed games will be retaining online features.

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