That Ubisoft DLC (or recreation) you bought could quickly be fully unplayable


Enlarge / In case you bought Murderer’s Creed Liberation HD throughout final week’s Steam Summer season Sale, you now have lower than two months to play it earlier than it stops working.

Ubisoft has introduced will probably be decommissioning the net servers for a variety of its older titles. However along with the anticipated lack of the net multiplayer parts of those video games, the shutdown additionally implies that single-player DLC for the PC variations of these titles will not be accessible, even for individuals who have already bought and downloaded it earlier than the approaching shutdown.

Based on Ubisoft’s announcement, “the set up and entry to downloadable content material (DLC) might be unavailable” on the PC variations of the next video games as of September 1, 2022:

Murderer’s Creed 3
Murderer’s Creed: Brotherhood
Driver San Francisco
Far Cry 3
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Silent Hunter 5

DLC for the console variations of those video games (which is verified by way of the console platform shops and never Ubisoft’s UPlay platform) might be unaffected, when relevant. Murderer’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 are additionally out there on PC in remastered re-releases that won’t be affected by this server shutdown (although the remastered “Basic Version” of Far Cry 3 is at present unavailable for buy from Ubisoft’s personal web site).

As well as, Ubisoft notes that the Steam model of Murderer’s Creed Liberation HD “is not going to be accessible” in any respect following the September 1 shutdown. That PC port of a 2012 Vita title will nonetheless be out there as a part of the 2019 Murderer’s Creed III Remastered package deal, although.

The standalone model of Liberation HD was on sale for 75 % off throughout final week’s Steam Summer season Sale. That nice deal was tempered considerably by the undisclosed incontrovertible fact that gamers will solely have roughly two months to play the sport earlier than it turns into fully ineffective.

Not a brand new drawback

Ubisoft’s “multiplayer and on-line companies availability” clarification web page at present lists 53 PC titles for which bought add-on content material will “not be out there” due to server shutdowns. The listing contains titles launched way back to 2013.

“Closing the net companies for some older video games permits us to focus our sources on delivering nice experiences for gamers who’re enjoying newer or extra well-liked titles,” the corporate writes. “The choice to shut the net companies for a title is at all times taken with the consideration of our participant base, together with the extent of curiosity they nonetheless have within the recreation.”
Whereas players are by now used to dropping on-line multiplayer entry for older video games, server shutdowns that impression beforehand bought and/or downloaded single-player content material are rarer. These conditions are not unprecedented, although; NBA2K gamers misplaced entry to their single-player saves when servers for older video games shut down, as an example, and Guitar Hero Reside gamers misplaced entry to a whole lot of cloud-based songs that had been solely out there on the streaming “Guitar Hero TV” mode when these servers shut down. Onerous and/or outdated DRM may also make some downloaded content material unattainable to again up if one thing goes mistaken with the unique copy.

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