Ubisoft has made a significant announcement that will affect the online services of 10 older game titles, including several from the Assassin’s Creed series. Set to take place on January 25, 2024, this shutdown will impact various versions of the games across different platforms.
Affected Titles and Services
The list of games includes:
- Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360)
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (MAC)
- Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations (PC)
- Ghost Recon Future Soldier (PC)
- Heroes of Might and Magic VI (PC)
- NCIS (PC)
- Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360)
- R.U.S.E. (PC)
- Trials Evolution (PC)
For these titles, players will no longer be able to access any form of multiplayer services, link their Ubisoft accounts, or claim Ubisoft Connect rewards. This marks a significant change for players who still enjoy these older titles, as they will lose access to these online features.
Reasoning Behind the Shutdown
Ubisoft has stated that decommissioning online services for older games is a challenging decision, but it is a necessary one. The technology behind these services becomes outdated over time, and maintaining them becomes increasingly difficult.
This move allows Ubisoft to allocate resources more efficiently and focus on providing better services for their newer and more popular titles.
This is not the first time Ubisoft has shut down online services for its games. In October 2022, the company turned off online services for 15 games, including notable titles like Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Far Cry 3. Earlier in 2022, Ubisoft also disabled online functionality for a larger number of titles, though some were listed by mistake.
While this news may be disappointing for players who still enjoy these older titles, it is a part of the gaming industry’s natural lifecycle.
As technology advances, older services become obsolete, and developers need to shift their focus to newer projects. Ubisoft’s decision reflects this reality, as the company continues to evolve and adapt to the changing gaming landscape.