The time has come to say goodbye to multiplayer modes and other online features of these games from Ubisoft.
Major spring cleaning for Ubisoft’s servers, since the studio from Brittany has decided to cut the online features of no less than 91 of its games.
Announced in a blog post, this decision will affect many games, and not just the old ones. Although a PS2 game is in this list (which means that it was still possible to play it online 17 years after its release), other much more recent games will bear the brunt of this deletion.
In particular, we find some Assassin’s Creedor even just dance up to the 2018 version. Rayman Legends It also loses its online functionality, which will force players of the latest game from Ubisoft’s mascot to play with their friends locally only.
You can find the complete list of games concerned on the Ubisoft website.
The consequences of these closures
The disappearance of servers for online games is becoming more and more frequent. And although this is normal and mandatory, publishers can not keep these services alive for years, and at no cost, it is still a difficult blow in the objective of preserving video games.
Apart from the fact that it will now be impossible to play multiplayer, the end of online services for these games poses a multitude of other problems.
Some of these games which then offered connectivity with the Ubisoft platform and its point system will see some of their bonus content be locked forever. Worse still, although it is now impossible to obtain this content, PC users of these games will simply lose said content even if it had been unlocked, while console players will keep it provided they do not lose the original backups.
The treatment of players depending on the platforms is unequal and strange, and risks causing a lot of tension between Ubisoft and its users.
Collectors of achievements and other trophies will also suffer from Ubisoft’s decision since it will now be unable to complete achievements related to multiplayer featuresmaking 100% impossible for seasoned completionists.
Ubisoft has clarified that some games on this list have already lost their online functionality over the past year, and the remaining games will be decommissioned sometime in 2022.
Unfortunately, this kind of situation is inevitable and will be repeated with each generation of consoles and games, and will always raise the question of the preservation of video games for the future.