Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3 and more games will have DLC and online features removed soon

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Jul 4, 2022 6:22 PM
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If you ever needed another reminder that you never actually ‘own’ any games or content you buy from online storefronts (except GOG of course), Ubisoft has announced that several of their older titles will be decommissioning their online features later this year, which includes access to multiplayer, DLC, and even an entire game.

The most notable titles to lose access to DLC are Far Cry 3 and Assassins Creed 3, although only the latter had some DLC that you could call considerable in comparison. But there’s also a VR game that is online-only, and as such will be rendered completely unplayable on September 1st when the decommissioning starts, despite currently being on sale on Steam with no word of warning that it will be unplayable in less than 2 months.

Here are all the games being affected on September 1st 2022:

Game Platform Loses access to:
Anno 2070 PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Assassins Creed 2 PCPlayStation 3 Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Assassins Creed 3* PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features + DLC.
PlayStation 3Wii UXbox 360 Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Assassins Creed Brotherhood PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features + DLC.
PlayStation 3Xbox 360 Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Assassins Creed Liberation HD PC Link accounts, online features.
Assassins Creed Revelations PlayStation 3Xbox 360 Multiplayer, online features.
Driver San Francisco PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features + DLC.
PlayStation 3Xbox 360 Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Far Cry 3* PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features + DLC.
PlayStation 3Xbox 360 Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 "The multiplayer for the game will be unavailable. To play the solo campaign, you will have to set your console into offline mode."
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features + DLC.
Rayman Legends PlayStation 3 Wii UXbox 360 Link accounts, online features.
Silent Hunter 5 PC Link accounts, online features.
Space Junkies PC "As a multiplayer only title, you will be unable to play the game going forward."
Splinter Cell: Blacklist PC Multiplayer, link accounts, online features.
PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Link accounts, online features.
ZombiU Wii U Link accounts, online features.

* Remastered version of the game is not affected.

It’s worth noting that the remastered versions of both FC3 and AC3 will remain unaffected, so theoretically you can still play multiplayer or the DLC with those remastered titles. It’s also interesting that access to the DLC is only affected on PC, and consoles will seemingly still have access to DLC despite losing access to online features like PC players.

The reasoning behind the decommission is so that Ubisoft can “focus our resources on delivering great experiences for players who are playing newer or more popular titles.” Whilst the sentiment certainly makes sense, it’s another kick in the groin to show how important it is that multiplayer games allow the use of private servers or even LAN support, as well as the sad realization we don’t actually own the games we buy these days.

What do you think? How do you feel about it? Will you be affected by it? Or are you not too bothered because they’re old games anyway? How can companies avoid these issues in the future? Let us know!

How do you feel about the decommisioning of online features in these older games?

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20:32 Jul-10-2022

What do you know?Piracy saves the day again!Glad didn't got anything from them for 4 years.Lost more than 700 UniPoints, but that does it for me - "the Tyranny of George Washington" is great DLC and i like it even more than the game...And now what?in 2024 they will remove the "Dead Kings" DLC from AC Unity,right?And the piracy, they say, was bad...

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15:52 Jul-09-2022

I'm a little confused. Are we losing the ability to access that DLC again or are we losing the ability to PURCHASE that DLC?

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20:17 Jul-10-2022

Yeah,was looking for info about the" Tyranny of King Washington" of AC III (because, for me, it's better than the actual game) and it turns out ALL DLC's will be no more.Ubi got even WORSE than EA and Acti/Blizz Take2, actually...What a time we live in,eh?

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05:07 Jul-11-2022

Thank god we can become pirates :D Just learned yet another lesson from em

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12:57 Jul-09-2022

!^%#DRM ;)

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01:04 Jul-07-2022

Yarrr matey


Let's set sail for the seven seas


And the black sea

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10:56 Jul-06-2022

so what ubisoft is telling us is that you should never buy any dlc for their games

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14:02 Jul-06-2022

No. You shouldn't buy their games at all and raise the Black Flag instead.

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14:47 Jul-05-2022

And this is why I'll set sail for FC6 when I feel like maybe playing it. Stopped buying ubishïte games a while ago due to multiple reasons (rapey work culture, idiot ceo and no respect for gaming as an art form or game preservation).

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14:01 Jul-06-2022

Couldn't agree more. I did buy their drivel till AC Valhalla but then I was done. FC6 Ultimate Edition is available by the way if you know where to look but even then i didn't bother with it. I mean turning a single player shooter story game into a grindy level-gated looter-shooter ain't my cup of tea.


I mean how can they cut off access to DLC? People paid for that. I really hope Ubisoft goes belly up especially after the debacle that will be AC Infinity.

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10:37 Jul-11-2022

I bought FC5 on discount, like the other FC games, the rest that I own on ubicrap were either given out free or I paid pennies for. I'd never buy full-price (or at all) from them, knowing that they have zero regard for game preservation or their customers.

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23:44 Jul-11-2022

Trust me. You aren't missing anything in FC6. The series has officially already died and FC5, as controversial as this opinion may be, was truly the last great FC game.

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14:02 Jul-05-2022

Meh not surprised tbh, iv gave up on buying from Ubisoft for now since they aint removing Denuvo from any of there games, they give the impression that they dont care and simply will never remove it so why would i buy a game with that drm where someday i wont be able to play them as the denuvo server will shut down some day like many drm's before it, theres been many examples where the denuvo server had a slight issue and people couldnt play some games till the servers were fixed.

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13:44 Jul-05-2022

F u ubiahole. I know GD frowns on mentioning piracy, but if this isn't a perfect example of why people should pirate games they like (and possibly have purchased already) I don't know what is.

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10:35 Jul-05-2022

Welcome to the digital future, where you "own" your (insert digital platform) games. Until the platform/publisher no longer wants to pay for servers that's running the game/DRM.

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13:45 Jul-05-2022

Sadly that is completely accurate.

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21:52 Jul-05-2022

I literarily have to use a user modified files to bypass games for windows live DRM in steam for resident evil 5....

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00:06 Jul-12-2022

Wish I could say I'm shocked and surprised.


I'm glad you have the knowledge to actually mod your files so you can avoid the DRM crap. Most people just don't have that knowledge.

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02:36 Jul-05-2022

Hold on. If I bought the game on Steam with the dlc, can I still download and play the full game?

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13:46 Jul-05-2022

The way I understood it, you will be able to download the DLC for the affected games till September. After that even if you have them on your HDD/SDD you won't be able to play them.


While I'm not an expert on the matter my guess is that the DLC's require some online handshake or activation to function properly (which is stupid).


Here's a quote from another source.


"Ubisoft is shutting down the servers for many of its games in September, including Assassins Creed 3, Brotherhood, and Liberation. As well as cutting off any multiplayer components, this will also make it impossible to access their DLC, even if you have purchased and downloaded them before this date."


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https://www.thegamer.com/assassins-creed-3-brotherhood-liberation-far-cry-3-dlc-cant-play-ubisoft/

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00:08 Jul-12-2022

Thanks for linking that. Always good to have an additional source

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02:36 Jul-05-2022

Hold on. If I bought the game on Steam with the dlc, can I still download and play the full game?

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13:57 Jul-05-2022

You can, but after September 1 you will purportedly lose access to the downloaded DLC of any game that's on the list.


Another source


https://www.thegamer.com/assassins-creed-3-brotherhood-liberation-far-cry-3-dlc-cant-play-ubisoft/

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22:56 Jul-04-2022

And that is why laws for game preservation are needed, otherwise a lot of stuff, be it DLC or otherwise, will just be lost to time and only way to enjoy it would be piracy, which I don't consider illegal anymore, once you can't legally play copy you bought in whatever state you bought it. Like that DLC should be bundled in and I do think they should either create dedicated server software or release SDK, so people can make their own server. Game is abandoned anyway, so at that point, they aren't losing money. And sure here DLC maybe was nothing special, but don't worry, we eventually will get there too, when you won't be able to play major story DLC because developer stopped supporting the game, even though you paid for it. Games should never be sold as service, but as product and there should be legal requirement for publisher/developer to allow people to continue enjoying it even post support. Though for some of them they likely will just point to remaster and say how they are selling that. But yeah, DRM never was good thing for consumer, it was only good to secure as many sales as possible.. Which wouldn't be as much of a problem, if DRM gets dropped after certain time and game gets opened up. So people can keep enjoying it in its full glory. But after shenanigans like this, you really can't blame people for just pirating it. Sure multipayer is off limits, but at least singleplayer is there in its full glory. Sure there would need to be compromise, but gaming industry has pretty much proven over and over and over again that they will never selfregulate and just do what they want.

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13:59 Jul-05-2022

Guess we know which flag games will be flying under the cover of night.

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21:02 Jul-04-2022

Oh! How I miss those PS2 days!

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13:58 Jul-05-2022

Never had a PS2. I went from my PS1 directly to PC.

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20:59 Jul-04-2022

Ah, DRMs, DRMs, wonderful DRMs... and people wonder why I hate DRMs, including account ones. And why I'd take peer-to-peer multiplayer over server-client-server multiplayer any day of the week.

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14:00 Jul-05-2022

I applaud that stance.


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19:44 Jul-04-2022

I know it's not technically illegal, but it's stealing in my eyes.

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06:36 Jul-05-2022

It is stealing. You pay for a copy of a product that you can't access/use any more? That is nonsensical. This is only going to encourage piracy.

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11:52 Jul-05-2022

If you read the TOS when you buy games, I strongly suspect the what you agree to isn't actually owning the game, but merely access until it is retired.


In our eyes it is stealing, but realistically, and legally it won't be.

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11:59 Jul-05-2022

Oh, god damn it (-_-)

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14:04 Jul-05-2022

Most EULA's are so bloody convoluted that you can make them mean anything. The only reason they're there is to screw you left and right and that's basically it.


Also f legal.

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