Ubisoft Removing Online Access for Older Titles, Which Also Removes DLC

Games such as Far Cry 3 and Prince of Persia 5 are all having their online functionality discontinued, including Assassin’s Creed 2.

List of Game Titles Ubisoft Plans to Take Down

Ubisoft has stated that a number of its older titles’ online functionality would be decommissioned as of September 1. Here’s a list of PC games impacted, their release dates, and which features will be removed:

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

What is Ubisoft Saying?

‘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.’ says Ubisoft. This is an argument I can see; I doubt many people are still playing the online multiplayer in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Remastered versions of the games on this list will include include access to the games’ online components.

Cutting off DLC and, in one instance, a whole game, is disturbing, to say the very least. When Space Junkies was released, it cost $40 and is still for sale on Steam, with no warning that it would be declared inoperable in two months..