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Ubisoft delays server shutdown, prevents purchased DLC from disappearing

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Last month, Ubisoft announced the latest in a long line of online server closures for its games, including some that would make previously purchased single-player DLC inaccessible for some of its legacy games. Yesterday, Ubisoft took back a bit of that announcement with a updated that would mitigate the impact of the closure.

Significantly, previously purchased PC DLC for four affected titles:assassin’s creed brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed III, far away 3, other Splinter Cell Blacklist– will now be available to download and keep permanently. However, players will need to activate that DLC on their UPlay accounts before the recently delayed server shutdown date of October 1 to maintain access and the ability to re-download the content after that date.

The online multiplayer portions of those games (and others) will still be closed after October 1 (except for the VR title space addicts, whose online servers closed today). Ubisoft says this is a decision “we don’t take lightly, but it’s also a necessity as the technology that powered those services becomes obsolete. We want our players to enjoy optimal gaming experiences without breaking things, which could subject players to glitches and security breaches.” .”

The developers behind city-builder Year 2070 However, they weren’t about to let outdated servers affect their game. After the planned shutdown of the game server was announced in July, Ubisoft Mainz answered for “dedicated[ing] some of our dev resources to work on the update Year 2070the old infrastructure of online services from ‘s to a new system’.

On Wednesday, the team confirmed that the effort was successful and that a new 64-bit version of the game coming next week “will allow [players] to continue playing the game after September 1 and hopefully for many years to come.” It will include full access to multiplayer features and previous single-player progression, but the developers caution that “unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that mods old etc they are still working on this new version of Year 2070.”

“Technological obsolescence within the infrastructure of some of our legacy games is something we are very aware of, and our focus on remasters, such as Assassin’s Creed III Remastered and the Anno History Collection— is a key part of our preservation efforts,” Ubisoft wrote. “Our teams at Ubisoft continue to work hard to deliver the best experiences for players and we want to thank them for their dedicated support of our games, both old and new.”

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