Ubisoft is shutting down servers for many of their old games later this year

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 11:00 AM
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Ubisoft is no stranger to shutting down servers for some of their games that no longer have an active multiplayer community or are just not that popular anymore. But they have also announced they will be shutting down some of their most beloved classic games later this year, including a slew of Tom Clancy-based games.

Of the many Tom Clancy games that have been developed and published by Ubisoft over the years, Rainbow Six Vegas, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Rainbow Six Lockdown, and Ghost Recon Future Soldier are all seeing their respective online servers shut down. Singleplayer content will still remain of course, but any online features will either be removed or will simply no longer work.

In addition to those games, Ubisoft also revealed that 8 other titles will be shutting down their servers including Assassin’s Creed 2, Far Cry 2, Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Anno 1404, Might & Magic – Clash of Heroes, Might & Magic X - Legacy, Splinter Cell Conviction, and The Settlers 7.

Now you may be thinking: “hey, isn’t Splinter Cell Conviction a Tom Clancy game?” and you would be absolutely right. The difference here is that of those previously mentioned Tom Clancy games, a date for when they’ll be shutting down has yet to be announced, though it will happen this year. As for AC2, Far Cry 2 etc. those 8 games will see their servers shut down on June 1st 2021.

Here’s the full list:

Platform Game Effective Date
PC Assassins Creed 2 June 1st 2021
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Far Cry 2
Anno 1404
Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
Tom Clancy Splinter Cell: Conviction
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
Might and Magic X Legacy
PC/X360/PS3 Tom Clancy: Ghost Recon Future Soldier 2021
PC/PS2/XB/GC Tom Clancy Rainbow 6: Lockdown
PC/X360/PS3/XB1 Tom Clancy Rainbow 6: Vegas 2
PC/X360/PS3/PSP Tom Clancys Rainbow Six: Vegas

That may not be that bad considering these are old games and you’d be hard pressed to find an online match at the moment. But it’s much more significant than that as any online content - and we literally mean any - will be removed. That includes any unlockable content that you may have purchased through the Ubisoft Connect app (formerly Uplay) using Ubisoft’s own currency units.

The ULC will be disabled, meaning that you will no longer be able to unlock them. On PC, even if you have redeemed them, the ULC will no longer be available. On consoles, the ULC will be available until you decide to reset your saved game files.” That also means you won’t be able to earn any more units by playing the games either.

It’s not unusual (to be loved by anyone - sorry couldn’t help myself) to see old games lose their online services. But what makes this case particularly disappointing is the unlockable content and currency units. They may not have added anything significant like full expansions/DLC, but I will miss my Altair outfit in Assassins Creed 2.

What do you think? Do you play any of these games mentioned still? How do you feel about the ULC being disabled? What kind of club rewards had you redeemed already and will you miss any of them? Let us know!

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17:28 Apr-18-2021

i will always hate Ugreedsoft for shutting down Ghost Recon Phantoms...

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14:40 Apr-18-2021

A person who has purchase a game has the right to play the game in its full glory in perpetuity. So long as Ubisoft is still a viable developer in the video game industry, they should provide the modding community with the tools necessary to keep these games running. Sony is shutting down some of its legacy servers? It seems that a whole collection of craft and art is lost. Is there a legacy software group big enough to keep all this software from entering virtual purgatory? I see modding communities for particular games, but I haven't heard of one ubiquitous application for all legacy software.

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13:22 Apr-18-2021

they should shut down the division 2 pc servers since its unplayable to me. It crashes every couple of minutes or a couple of hours -_-

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14:11 Apr-18-2021

just you then as plays fine on mine. No issues what so ever

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16:03 Apr-18-2021

Seriously, again minus votes just because i express my way??? TD2 never have been working for me correctly... and im not the only one exp these issues... Dont get me wrong. I like the game but with these crash, lag issues i exp the game is just unplayable.

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16:15 Apr-18-2021

Maybe it's because your hardware is old/weak and not the best suited for this game? What settings are you running?

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17:08 Apr-18-2021

yes my game runs 1080p 60+ fps i dont remember what settings and i exp this

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17:59 Apr-18-2021

Try to use DDU to uninstall nvidia drivers, after that reinstall the drivers, i did that and most of my crashing in games went away

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18:00 Apr-18-2021

i reinstalled nvidias drivers from nvidia's website and i unchecked the geforce exp and i checked perform clean install, but i still got some crashes. At least the lag from a couple of months ago is less.

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18:22 Apr-18-2021

your processor might be holding you back too, I know mine spins up a lot in the game sometimes and after a couple hours of play it starts to slow down, but that I attribute to inadequate cooling in my case. Outside of that moment I get 60FPS all on ultra at 1080p.

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22:05 Apr-18-2021

his rig is fine maybe there are internet or server issues

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22:37 Apr-18-2021

yes dwnl speed 53 mbps is insufficient...

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