Multiple Ubisoft games on Steam “will not be accessible” after September 1st, in response to notices on the games’ Steam pages. But based mostly on an announcement from Ubisoft, the state of affairs isn’t as unhealthy as that message would make it appear.
If you need to see an instance of the brand new discover, try the Steam web page for Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD. It has two:
- “At the request of the publisher, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is no longer available for sale on Steam.”
- “Please note this title will not be accessible following September 1st, 2022.”
Last week, Ubisoft introduced that it will be shutting down multiplayer for more than a dozen games, additionally on September 1st, and 4 games on that listing have the “will not be accessible” discover. The discover seems to warn gamers that their purchases gained’t be playable in any respect. But confusingly, present homeowners will truly have the ability to entry affected games, in response to Ubisoft.
“As stated in our support article, only DLCs and online features will be affected by the upcoming decommissioning,” Ubisoft senior company communications supervisor Jessica Roache stated in an announcement to The Verge. “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 September 1st, 2022.”
I requested particularly if which means individuals who personal the games with the “will not be accessible” message will have the ability to entry, play, or redownload them, and Roache confirmed that might be the case.
As of this writing, all however one of many PC games talked about in Ubisoft’s assist article that I might discover on Steam have a discover of some form.
Here are the games with the now not on the market discover and the “will not be accessible” discover:
Some games have a discover saying that “DLC within this product as well as online elements and features will become unavailable, though the base game will remain accessible as of Sept 1st, 2022.” That tracks with what Ubisoft stated about these games final week. Here’s the total listing of these titles:
As for different games talked about in Ubisoft’s weblog put up, Assassin’s Creed III has the discover that it’s now not on the market on Steam, nevertheless it does not have the discover that it will grow to be inaccessible. Assassin’s Creed II doesn’t have any notices on its Steam web page. I couldn’t discover a Steam overview web page for Driver San Francisco, although, on a community page, there are some complaints concerning the sport being inaccessible.
This messy state of affairs is yet one more reminder that possession of digital content material is usually on the whims of corporations and conditions exterior of your management. Just final week, it got here to mild that Sony can be removing some movies and TV shows purchased on the PlayStation Store from libraries for purchasers in Germany and Austria.