Ubisoft Shutting Down Online Features for Multiple Older Titles Tomorrow
Ubisoft will be shutting down the online features of multiple titles on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U on November 11.
Ever since online gaming became prevalent over a decade ago, Ubisoft has been one of the multiple developers that didn’t shy away from adding multiplayer components to their titles. That being said, all games with online features, no matter how old, still take up valuable server space and resources from their developers as long as they are online.
This means companies may make the decision to shut down the online functionality of a title years after release if they believe it will benefit their company in the long run. Ubisoft is no different, and they have revealed that they are shutting down the online services of multiple PC, PS4, Mac, iOS, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 titles tomorrow.
You can check out the full list of titles that are getting their online functionality discontinued on November 11, and what platforms it is being shut down on, below:
- Smurfs 2 (PS3)
- Splinter Cell Blacklist (Wii U)
- Flashback Origins (PC)
- Assassin’s Creed Recollections (Mac, iOS)
- Just Dance 3 (Xbox 360)
- Just Dance 3 Greatest Hits (Xbox 360)
- Just Dance 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
- Just Dance Disney Party (Xbox 360, Wii)
- Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Xbox 360, Wii U)
- Rabbids Land (Wii U)
- Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U)
- ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)
- Shaun White Skateboarding (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Shaun White Snowboarding (PC)
- Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC)
- HAWX II (PC)
- I Am Alive (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Rayman 3 HD (PS3, Xbox 360)
- RUSE (PS3, Xbox 360
To go into more specifics on what’s being shut down, any online multiplayer modes for all the aforementioned titles are being shut down, though the single-player content will still be accessible. In-game news and player stats services for all of the game will also no longer function. When it comes to Uplay, the service will no longer be compatible with the titles on consoles, and all possible awards for Uplay Units (currency) in the games will be disabled.
Fortunately, most of these titles have a hefty amount of offline content to keep players engaged, though this does once again raise the question of what the value of always online titles like For Honor will be once their online services are shut down. For now, I guess we can just keep playing and enjoying those games so companies like Ubisoft keep their online services alive.