Over 90 Xbox 360 era Ubisoft games are having their online features shut down, including multiple Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed titles.
It’s a familiar story by now, at least for publishers like EA and Sony, as Ubisoft announces that it’s closing down online support for more than 90 Xbox 360 era games.
The list of titles includes four Assassin’s Creed games, Driver: San Francisco, three Far Cry games, two Ghost Recons, four Rainbow Six titles, four Rayman games, four Splinter Cells, and several Just Dance titles.
Although none of them are likely to have much in the way of a player-base nowadays it’s always disturbing when games are switched off like this, even if their offline features will continue to function.
As well as any multiplayer features, in-game news and player statistics will also cease to work, as well any features that relied on the Ubisoft Connect service, such as in-game challenges.
Perhaps most disturbingly, what Ubisoft refers to as unlockable content will no longer be available on PC even if you’ve already locked it. Console owners can still use it but only if it’s on an existing save file – after this it’ll be impossible to unlock again.
This includes additional maps and skins, and while Ubisoft didn’t release many during that generation of consoles it means another aspect of the games have been forever.
To make things even more cynical not all of the games will be losing their online features on all formats. Just Dance 2016, 2017, and 2018 will still be playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U, while Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory’s online will only stop working on PC.
Ubisoft has offered no explanation for any of this, presumably because the reason is simply that they don’t want to pay for it anymore, now that so few people are playing the games online.
You can find a full list of all the affected games here, but since this is far from the first time this has happened it’ll almost certainly not be the last either.
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