August 13, 2022

Ubisoft to turn off online features for some older games, which means players lose access to their DLC

Ubisoft to turn off online features for some older games, which means players lose access to their DLC

Ubisoft is shutting down the online services of several older single-player games, including Anno 2070, Far Cry 3, Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. For many of these games, this means that as of September 1, “installation and access to DLC will no longer be available,” according to Ubisoft support page.

There are 15 games in total whose online features will be turned off, 11 of which are on PC. Turning off online features means that players will no longer be able to play these games in competitive multiplayer or co-op modes, if available, or in some cases take advantage of in-game rewards, stats, or news services. Single player modes should still be available.

The computer games that will lose their online features on September 1st are:

  • Anno 2070
  • assassin’s creed 2
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 (original version; original version unaffected)
  • Fighting the creed of the Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • San Francisco driver
  • Far Cry 3 (original version; original unaffected)
  • Prince of Persia, the forgotten desert
  • Silent Hunter 5
  • space enthusiasts
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist

From this selection, Space Junkies is the latest. It is a multiplayer only VR game that was launched in 2019 and will be completely unplayable after September 1st. Space buffs are still for sale on Steam75% off throughout the summer sale on Steam.

Among the remaining games, Assassin’s Creed 3, Brotherhood, Liberation HD, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3, Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Silent Hunter 5 all contain DLC which apparently won’t be available for installation or access after the shutdown. This seems to mean that people won’t be able to access the products they paid for, and I’ve reached out to Ubisoft to ask for more details and will update this post if they respond.

Closing online services for some Older Games that allow us to focus on Sources To provide great experiences for players who play newer or more popular titles.” List of major Ubisoft games with unavailable online features (emphasis on them). “The decision to close online services is always made to obtain an address consideration From our player base, including the level of interest they still have in the game.”

All of the above games were incorrectly included in that main list of games that were shut down earlier this year, apparently by mistake. Ubisoft said it will provide a pre-warning before turning off online features in those games, and that’s the warning.