Ubisoft announces online server shutdown for 90+ games

Ubisoft has launched a major list detailing every game which no longer retains online compatibility.
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Ubisoft has released a major list detailing the online server shutdown of multiple classic games, with over 90 titles included in the update. While the list itself is not new – multiple games listed have been shut down for months or years – it’s a fairly stark reminder of just how quickly online services can be shuttered.

The fact is that it costs money to maintain servers, and with older Ubisoft games rarely played by modern audiences, it doesn’t make much financial sense to continue online support for every game. Unfortunately, this has consequences for players – given many titles like Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood have trophies tied to online multiplayer modes that are no longer accessible – but it’s a reality of gaming in the modern era.

That said, it’s fairly surprising to see so many modern games on Ubisoft’s full list. It’s not just older Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 games that have been cut off from online access – recent titles from the PlayStation 4 era, including multiple Just Dance games, have also been cut.

In the case of Just Dance, nearly every title up to Just Dance 2018 has been cut off from online service – in a move likely made to encourage fans to upgrade to the latest game version. It appears 2016, 2017 and 2018 retain functionality on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but all PlayStation 3 copies are now lacking support.

Beyond Just Dance, multiple online shooters have also been cut off, including several Rainbow Six games. Given these games largely rely on online functionality, the decision to shut down online servers has effectively rendered them unplayable.

As far as preservation goes, server shutdown is a major disaster – yet it’s become fairly standard as games continue to integrate online support that relies on physical servers.

If you’ve got a favourite online game, hold it tight. Ubisoft’s list of defunct online services isn’t new – but it’s certainly a shock to realise just how easily parts of modern games can disappear.

Here’s every major Ubisoft game that no longer supports online play, thanks to server shutdown:

America’s ArmyXbox 360
Anno 1404PC
Anno OnlinePC
Assassin’s Creed 2PC | MAC | iOS | OnLive
Assassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodOnLive
Assassin’s Creed: RecollectionMAC | iOS
Assassin’s Creed: RevelationsOnLive
AvatarPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Beyond Good and EvilPlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Blazing Angels 2PC | Xbox 360
Call of Juarez 2: Bound in BloodPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Call of Juarez 3: The CartelPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Driver: San FranciscoOnLive
ESPN Sport ConnectionsWii U
Far CryPC
Far Cry 2PC
Far Cry Blood DragonPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Flashback OriginsPC
Ghost ReconPC
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
H.A.W.X. 2PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | OnLive
HazePlayStation 3
Heroes of Might and Magic 5PC
I Am AlivePC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Just Dance 3Xbox 360
Just Dance 3 Greatest HitsXbox 360
Just Dance 3 KidsXbox 360 | Wii | Wii U
Just Dance 4PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U
Just Dance 2014PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4| Xbox 360 | Xbox One | Wii | Wii U
Just Dance 2015PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One | Wii | Wii U
Just Dance 2016PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii
Just Dance 2017PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii
Just Dance 2018PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Wii
Just Dance Disney PartyXbox 360 | Wii
Just Dance Disney Party 2Xbox 360
Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthXbox 360 | Wii U
Might & Magic: Clash of HeroesPC
Might & Magic Duel of ChampionsPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 
Might & Magic ShowdownPC
Might & Magic Showdown Paint WorkshopPC
Might & Magic X: LegacyPC
MotionSportsXbox 360
MotionSport AdrenalinePlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
My Fitness Coach ClubPlayStation 3
PowerUp HeroesXbox 360
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten SandsPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | OnLive
PureFootballPlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Rabbids Alive and KickingXbox 360
Rabbids Go HomeWii
Rabbids LandWii U
Rabbids Travel in TimeWii
Rainbow Six – Raven ShieldPC
Rainbow Six LockdownPC | Nintendo GameCube | PlayStation 2 | Xbox
Rainbow Six VegasPC | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation Portable | Xbox 360
Rainbow Six Vegas 2PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Rayman 3PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Rayman 3 HDPlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Rayman LegendsPC
Rayman OriginsPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
R.U.S.E.MAC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 
R.U.S.E. BetaPC
Scrabble 2007PC
Scrabble 2009PC
Settlers 3PC
Settlers 4PC
Settlers 6: Rise of an EmpirePC
Settlers 7: Paths to a KingdomPC | MAC
Settlers: Heritage of KingsPC
Shape Fitness EvolvedXbox 360
Shape UpXbox One
Shaun White SkateboardingPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | OnLive
Shaun White SnowboardingPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360 | OnLive
Silent Hunter 3PC
Silent Hunter 4: U-boat MissionsPC
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the PacificPC
Silent Hunter 5OnLive
Smurfs 2PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Spartacus LegendsPlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Splinter Cell: BlacklistWii U
Splinter Cell: Chaos TheoryPC
Splinter Cell: ConvictionPC | MAC | OnLive
Splinter Cell: Double AgentPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
The Adventures of TintinPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Tom Clancy’s EndWarPC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Toy Soldiers War ChestPC | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One
Watch Dogs CompanionAndroid | iOS
World in ConflictPC
Your Shape Fitness EvolvedXbox 360
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012Xbox 360
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013Wii U

As Ubisoft continues to expand its online functionality for modern games, expect multiple titles to join this list eventually. Server shutdown cutting off major parts of gameplay should never be normalised – but it’s slowly becoming a reality as the last generation of games fades into the rearview.

Online games now have a very short lifespan – and it’s tough to see just how many Ubisoft titles have been severed over the last decade.

Update 11:30 am AEST 27/4/22

In an email, Ubisoft has clarified that some games on the official list were mistakenly added in April, but were still compatible with online servers – this is likely what led to renewed interest in the listing posted to the Ubisoft website.

‘Some of our games (Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed 3, 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,’ an Ubisoft spokesperson told GamesHub. ‘We will provide advance notice before shutting down any online services for our games and have updated our support article to reflect this.’

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.