Ubisoft will disable online connectivity for several older games, preventing players from accessing their DLC

Ubisoft to turn off online features for some old games, meaning players lose access to their DLC
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For a number of their older single-player titles, including Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Far Cry 3, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Anno 2070, Ubisoft is turning off their online services. According to a Ubisoft support page, this means that starting on September 1st, "the installation and access to DLC will be unavailable" for a number of those games.

Eleven of the 15 games that will have their online components "decommissioned" are PC games. If online features are turned off, players will no longer be able to use in-game prizes, statistics, or news services, or play these games in competitive multiplayer or cooperative modes, if they have those options. Singleplayer modes must continue to be accessible.

The PC games which will lose online features on September 1st are:

  • Anno 2070
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Assassin's Creed 3 (original release; remaster not affected)
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Far Cry 3 (original release; remaster not affected)
  • Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Silent Hunter 5
  • Space Junkies
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist

The most recent of those is Space Junkies. In 2019, a multiplayer-only VR game was released, and after September 1st, it will no longer be playable at all. For the remainder of the Steam summer sale, Space Junkies is still available for purchase on the platform at a 75 percent discount.

The following games include DLC that is reportedly unavailable to install or access after the turn-off: Assassin's Creed 3, Brotherhood, Liberation HD, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3, Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Silent Hunter 5. This appears to suggest that customers won't be able to access the things they have purchased. I've contacted Ubisoft to get more information and will update this page if they get back to me.

"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," reads Ubisoft's master list of games with unavailable online features (emphasis theirs). "The decision to close the online services for a title is always taken with the consideration of our player base, including the level of interest they still have in the game."

All of the above games were mistakenly listed earlier this year on that comprehensive list of deactivated games. This report serves as the warning that Ubisoft promised to give before actually turning off online features in those titles.