Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD remains playable on Steam, Ubisoft confirms

Concerns were raised this weekend that people had bought Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD on Steam, access to the game would be removed after it was discovered that the game’s Steam listing stated that “this title will no longer be available after September 1, 2022”.

However, Ubisoft has confirmed to Polygon that owners of the game will still be able to access its single-player offline components after this date. Assassin’s Creed Liberation HDwhich was first released in 2014, is among a list of older games that Ubisoft recently announced it would no longer support online as of September 1st.

“As stated in our support article, only DLCs and online features are affected by the upcoming decommissioning. Current owners of these games can continue to access, play, or re-download them,” Ubisoft said in an updated statement to Polygon.

“Our teams are working with our partners to update this information across all stores and are also reviewing all available options for players who will be impacted when these games go offline on September 1, 2022. It has always been our intention to do everything in our power to ensure that these legacy titles remain available in the best possible conditions for players and we are working towards that.”

Ubisoft routinely selects online support for older games in its catalogue. In most cases, this means that the online and multiplayer features of the games will be disabled, while campaigns and other single player features will remain available.

Other games affected by the current round of unplugging include but are not limited to Driver San Francisco, Ghost Recon soldier of the future, Rayman Legends, Year 2070and the original versions of Far cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2. Remasters of the latter games will continue to be supported. Assassin’s Creed Liberation – originally a PlayStation Vita version from 2012 – remains available for purchase as part of the 2019 Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered Package.

Among the Ubisoft teams trying to keep their games alive beyond this expiration date are the Ann 2070 Developer at Ubisoft Mainz, who said: “After an initial investigation, we decided to devote some of our development resources to work on upgrades Ann 2070‘s outdated online services infrastructure to a new system so that these functions can continue to be used beyond the stated date. However, we cannot yet guarantee that we can successfully update/replace the old services as requested.”

The 2019 VR game is less fortunate space junkies, which will be switched off completely as a multiplayer title. “You will no longer be able to play the game going forward,” Ubisoft said.

Online games are expensive to maintain; Server space and bandwidth don’t come for free, and that’s before you consider the customer support, community management, bug fixes, and game updates that guarantee players a good experience. It’s a sad fact that these games may not be playable forever.

However, single-player games and other offline content are another matter, and digital media skeptics have long warned that there is a widening gap between what users perceive as ownership when they purchase a title from an online store and what the minor rights associated with it, purchase actually grants them.

This was recently relieved when Sony announced that due to the expiration of a license agreement, people in Germany and Austria who had purchased hundreds of Canal Plus movies and TV shows from PlayStation Store would be stripped of access to those movies entirely. Affected titles include John Wick, Paddington and The hunger Games.

Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD has for the time being fortunately been spared this fate. Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD remains playable on Steam, Ubisoft confirms

Charles Jones

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