It looks like Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD, Silent Hunter 5, and Space Junkies will be gone forever in the very near future as all three games will become essentially unplayable following Ubisoft’s termination of any form of online support for them. The company previously published a list of titles that will lose their online functionality including access to downloadable content, but it confirmed that offline gameplay will mostly not be affected.
Ubisoft recently announced that online support would soon be dropping for a long list of games released between 2009 and 2019. These included Assassin’s Creed 2, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Far Cry 3. “It allows us to shut down online services for some older games,” the company said. In a statement, we focus our resources on providing great experiences for players who play newer or more popular titles. 1, 2022.”
This move by Ubisoft is known to affect downloadable content. “You will not be able to play multiplayer, link Ubisoft accounts in the game, or use online features. In addition, installation and access to downloadable content will not be available,” the company said of many of the games on the list.
The latest development is that Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD and Silent Hunter 5 have been pulled from sale on Steam “at the request of the publisher.” Both pages in question have a box stating that the games “will not be available after September 1, 2022”. The same notice appears on the Space Junkies page, but Ubisoft made it clear in the initial announcement that “as a multiplayer-only title, you will not be able to play the game from now on.”
The communities that have grown up around these games are of course in shock, but the biggest loss on a larger scale may be just to keep the game. However, the news on this very point is not entirely bad. Embracer announced a while ago that it would start a project aimed at salvaging old games like this one. “Imagine a place where all the physical video games, consoles, and accessories congregate in the same place,” said director David Bostrom. “This journey is just beginning and we are at an early stage.”
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