Multiple legacy Ubisoft titles hit with stealth server closures [updated]

By Luke Albigés,
Update: Ubisoft has issued a statement to TA in which it explains the situation thusly: “Some of our games (Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3, Silent Hunter 5, and Splinter Cell Blacklist) were taken offline for a short maintenance and services have been restored. We will provide advance notice before shutting down any online services for our games and have updated our support article to reflect this.” Sounds like good news to us, but you might want to get to work before those servers actually are taken down...

Original story: A host of older Ubisoft titles — including four Assassin's Creed games — have seemingly had their online services shut down without warning, rendering many online achievements discontinued. Several TA members have also reported that the Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag servers are down for the Xbox 360 version, with Uplay functionality hit on both 360 and Xbox One, although Black Flag does not appear on Ubisoft's official list of closures. Others are reporting issues with even more Ubisoft titles, including Far Cry 2, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Unity, and more, so this issue could run even deeper than it seems.

Over the last few weeks, players have been reporting issues connecting to servers in a handful of different Xbox 360-era Ubisoft titles, and the forums for the relevant games are awash with tales of woe about trying to connect to both online servers and Uplay accounts. While it was initially thought this could simply have been an error, players have reportedly been receiving responses after contacting Ubisoft, informing them that the online services for these games are indeed now closed. We've reached out to Ubisoft for clarification, and will inform you as and when we get an update on the situation from the publisher. It seems fully intentional, though — Ubisoft Support on Twitter had this to say when asked about the Assassin's Creed games in particular:

Ubisoft's online services status page was recently updated, again with no fanfare. The changes seem to largely reflect the games impacted by the recent stealth server closure, although a few look to simply be late additions to the list following closures some time ago. The list of newly-affected titles (as best we can tell at present) is as follows — click the title of a game with impacted achievements to see more details on which ones are discontinued by these server closures.

GameFormatAchievements affected?
Assassin's Creed IIXbox 360No
Assassin's Creed IIIXbox 360Yes (9)
Assassin's Creed: BrotherhoodXbox 360Yes (10)
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsXbox 360Yes (20)
Beyond Good and EvilXbox 360No
Blazing Angels 2Xbox 360No
Far Cry 3Xbox 360No
Just Dance Kids 2014Xbox 360No
Rabbids: Alive and KickingXbox 360Yes (2)
Smurfs 2Xbox 360No
As you can see, the Assassin's Creed series comes out of this worst, with three of the four server closures affecting a significant number of achievements, up to a whopping 20 in the case of Revelations. The support page also lists a few other titles such as Might and Magic: Duel of Champions, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012, and more, although servers for those titles were actually closed some time ago so we omitted them from this list.

While we wait for Ubisoft to get back to us with a response to this surprise server assassination, you could always swing by Ubisoft's contact page to drop them a line voicing your frustration. Enough angry voices might be enough to get them to switch things back on, if only briefly, or to alter unlock requirements for affected achievements, so it's worth a go.

Were you still working through or planning to play any of these games before the servers went down? Disappointed by the lack of communuication? Spotted any other games or achievements that are affected? Let us (and Ubisoft!) know...
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Luke runs the TA news team, contributing where he can primarily with reviews and other long-form features — crafts he has honed across two decades of print and online gaming media experience, having worked with the likes of gamesTM, Eurogamer, Play, Retro Gamer, Edge, and many more. He loves all things Monster Hunter, enjoys a good D&D session, and has played way too much Destiny.
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