Ubisoft has sent the Assassin’s Creed fanbase into a bit of a spin recently.
This time, it’s over the French studio’s decision to remove Liberation HD from sale from the Steam store.
The game was set to no longer function from 1st September 2022.
This has since been changed as it turns out, only the DLC will become unavailable from the above date.
This move follows an earlier announcement that Ubisoft was shitting down a number of online services for some of its older games.
Ubisoft issued a statement to Eurogamer, saying;
“We don’t take the decision to retire services for older Ubisoft games lightly, and our teams are currently assessing all available options for players who will be impacted when these games’ online services are decommissioned on 1st September 2022.
We are also working with our partners to update this information across all storefronts, so players will be fully informed about the removal of online services at the point of purchase as well as via our support article where we shared the news”.
This is where the confusion set in. Ubisoft was noting how it would be sunsetting several online games, yet Liberation (or at least the base game) is not an online experience.
Thankfully, things have – kind of – been rectified now.
Ubisoft issued a follow-up statement, this time noting;
“As stated in our support article, only DLCs and online features will be affected by the upcoming decommissioning. Current owners of those games will still be able to access, play or redownload them.
Our teams are working with our partners to update this information across all storefronts and are also assessing all available options for players who will be impacted when these games’ online services are decommissioned on 1st September 2022.
It has always been our intention to do everything in our power to allow those legacy titles to remain available in the best possible conditions for players, and this is what we are working towards”.
Of course, there are other issues at play here.
All five (and these are only a cross-section, there’s a lot more) will see players lose access to purchased DLC.
Worse still, the VR arcade multiplayer shooter, Space Junkies has already been delisted and is currently no longer for sale “at the request of the publisher”.
It looms heavy for our digital-first economy when games we pay for are only playable for as long as servers are available…or even for as long as a publisher wants them to be available for.
ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.