In one posted on its websiteUbisoft, the publishing giant behind many of the three-A blockbuster franchises, has announced that it will be shutting down online services for more than 90 of its games.
Owners of any of the games Ubisoft lists will still be able to play their games, just without any of their online features. Things like online co-op and multiplayer will be gone. Likewise, users will not be able to unlock Units from any game that already uses the Ubisoft Connect service. Units are a special currency used by the publisher that players can unlock by completing in-game challenges to spend on cosmetics.
Unlockable content in these games, which Ubisoft describes as “maps and skins,” will be disabled at a later date, meaning players can no longer unlock them. For PC players, these pieces of content will be completely removed, even if they have been redeemed. Console players will still have access to their in-game unlockable content as long as they don’t reset their saved game files.
As for the games that have been affected by Ubisoft’s online service shutdown, they are a mixture of popular and lesser-known titles, but only releases on specific platforms will be affected. affect. For example, online services for Assassin’s Theory 2 no longer available but only on PC, MAC, iOS and OnLive. Disappointingly, some of the games that lost online service are hit classics that may have retained an incredibly small number of players over the years. Far Cry 2 and Far Cry Blood Dragon such as both have turned off their online services on the PC.
The company’s decision to shut down online services for a lot of its games follows rumors that the company is in the spotlight for an acquisition. Based on Bloombergprivate equity firms, specifically Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co. has expressed interest in buying the French game publishing giant.