With every new generation, come new titles, experiences and adventures. PlayStation 5 gives us a heap of incredible exclusives; Xbox Series X|S gives us the Xbox Game Pass; a subscription service unrivalled by any other company, and companies like Ubisoft have also latched onto this trend.
However, where is the repercussion? When companies and developers decide to move on to new titles, they tend to leave the older ones behind. In this instance, Ubisoft has decided to decommission some of its older titles from 1 September 2022. These titles, fifteen of them, will have their online features, such as multiplayer, and access to downloadable content, such as DLCs, removed entirely.
Some of the notable titles being decommissioned are Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012 Release), Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Driver: San Francisco, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Rayman Legends, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and more.
This may come as a surprise to many players, as the key features that they paid for are being removed. Ubisoft also states a new policy; if players have previously redeemed ULC (unlockable content) while playing on PC, it will no longer be available.
Ubisoft also states, “With this in mind, the online multiplayer services, in-game news and player statistics for the games listed below have been shut down. Please note that the offline features of the games are unaffected and remain available to you.”
Of course, the offline features will remain prominent, but any and all DLC will not. Ubisoft tried to justify itself by saying that by decommissioning these titles, it gains room for others. However, removing items that players paid for is still unfair.
Ubisoft does consider player statistics, popularity, and many other features before making a decision like this. However, it is still an unsavoury experience for players that still want to access features like downloadable content and online multiplayer in decommissioned games.
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