Ubisoft has recently made the difficult announcement that it will be shutting down the servers for ten of its legacy titles, resulting in a loss of access to multiplayer options and additional content for players. This decision is consistent with Ubisoft's longstanding practice of discontinuing support for games that have become technologically obsolete or are no longer economically viable to maintain.
Starting on January 25, 2024, this decision will impact a substantial number of players who still enjoy these older titles. The renowned Assassin's Creed franchise is set to be the most heavily affected, with four titles slated to lose online support: Assassin's Creed 2 for Xbox 360, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood for Mac, Assassin's Creed Liberation HD for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and Assassin's Creed Revelations for PC.
In addition to the Assassin's Creed series, the list of affected titles includes Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Heroes of Might & Magic VI, Splinter Cell: Conviction, NCIS, R.U.S.E., and Triassic Evolution. This decision will have far-reaching consequences, as players will no longer have access to multiplayer features and the ability to unlock rewards through the Ubisoft Connect platform for these games.
Furthermore, any games on this list that previously relied on Ubisoft's reward unlock system will cease to function as intended.
Ubisoft has offered an official statement to provide insight into the rationale behind this decision
It's noteworthy that the most recently impacted game on the list dates back to 2012, emphasizing the longevity of these titles in the eyes of their dedicated player base.
This move will leave fans of the Assassin's Creed franchise disappointed, as the PvP multiplayer experience will now only be accessible in the Black Flag title. Ubisoft's decision to shut down these servers raises significant questions regarding the sustainability of older games in an era of rapid technological advancement and evolving market interests.
It also spotlights concerns related to digital ownership of games, a topic fraught with uncertainties for both players and the gaming industry at large. Ubisoft has offered an official statement to provide insight into the rationale behind this decision.
They cite technological and economic factors as the primary drivers for this course of action. While the company's explanation offers clarity, it does little to ease the disappointment and frustration of the loyal player base who have invested time and resources into these cherished titles.
As the gaming landscape continues to evolve, decisions like these will likely become more common, underscoring the need for ongoing conversations about the digital future of gaming and the rights and expectations of players who invest in these virtual worlds.