Ubisoft shutting down servers and blocking access to dlc

Ubisoft came out with the announcement that some of their classic titles are shutting down their servers. While this is not entirely surprising, the next bit is quite shocking. As Ubisoft states in regard to many of said classic games, “additionally, the installation and access to DLC will be unavailable”.

The wording is a little vague, so the actual paid DLC could be safe. But it doesn’t change the fact that multiplayer modes of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Rayman Legends, and Driver San Francisco will surely be missed. Especially since no alternative exists in many of those cases. This happens to unveil right next to our story where I essentially beg Atlus to port SMT to modern consoles alongside Persona.

Seems like videogame preservation is on the down low…

Ubisoft Shutting Down Servers – What Kind of DLC Will Become “Unavailable”

Here is the list of games that will lose all multiplayer functionality and online features due to servers shutting down:

  • Anno 2070
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012 Release)
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Far Cry 3 (2012 Release)
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Rayman Legends
  • Silent Hunter 5
  • Space Junkies
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • ZombiU

And here are the games in which DLCs will become unavailable:

  • Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012 Release)
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Far Cry 3 (2012 Release)*
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Silent Hunter 5

But what does any of that mean? Will we just lose the free UPlay DLCs? Such as the one in Assassin’s Creed II that let players dress up as Altair. Or will we lose all DLC access? Tyranny of King Washington included a 3-part DLC for Assassin’s Creed 3 which players actually had to pay a pretty penny for.

Extra confusion also settles in when you realize that Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 are supposedly only losing access to DLC on PC.

How about this Ubisoft: drop your terrible DRM practices, strip the games of your already awful UPlay implementation, add any additional maps and single-player content into the base game, and add them to the Good Old Games library and Steam. Free for anyone who already bought in.

Or is Ubisoft, just gonna Ubisoft?

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