Ubisoft ends online services for 90 older games

Ubisoft has announced that it has ended online services for 90 of its older games, including Assassin’s Creed 2the original far cryand a number of just dance titles.

All of the titles featured on the list that will be losing online services are older Ubisoft games and are not necessarily across every platform. Assassin’s Creed 2 is specifically losing online services on PC, Mac, iOS, and OnLive – whereas far cry will only be losing them on PC.

The official statement on the page reads, “The online multiplayer services for the titles listed below have now been shut down. The offline features for each game remain available”. It goes on to note that features like in-game news and player statistics have also been disabled.

In the case of games that used Ubisoft Connect services, units and challenges have been disabled, meaning players won’t be able to earn units by completing challenges for the game. It does note that rewards can still be unlocked, players just can’t get them in-game.

Far cry. Credit: Ubisoft.

Unlockable content like maps or skins are also disabled, meaning players can no longer unlock them. It’s unclear if this means certain content will permanently be unavailable.

Ubisoft is potentially preparing to be acquired by a private equity firm, as initially reported by Bloomberg. The two firms mentioned in the report are supposedly Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co, two of the biggest equity firms in the world.

Project Q, a new third-person shooter from Ubisoft, was also revealed recently, after a large portion of gameplay leaked online. Ubisoft itself didn’t provide too many details on the new title, but did mention that it won’t feature NFTs. Players are able to register now to take part in upcoming tests of the game.

In other news, Pokemon developer Game Freak is introducing an optional four day work week.

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