Ubisoft has shut down online multiplayer for 90 games – and there's a few surprises

Rayman in black and white
(Image credit: Ubisoft/Future)

Ubisoft has shut down online multiplayer for 90 games, including Rayman Legends on PC, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on Xbox One. 

The announcement on Ubisoft’s website lists the full 90 games affected, which span a range of platforms such as PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, and even the ill-fated OnLive cloud gaming service. These titles will no longer feature online multiplayer, but offline features for each game will remain available.

The server shutdown means that in-game news and play statistics for these Ubisoft games will also be disabled from now on. And any title that used Ubisoft Connect services will no longer let players earn Units and complete Challenges.

While there’s an argument to make that many of the titles are old at this point – along with the platforms included – backward compatibility means that a number of these games will now no longer be fully complete if players revisit them. Several of the affected games can be played on Xbox One, like Just Dance for instance, but won't have online support anymore.

Here’s the full list of Ubisoft games that no longer have online multiplayer support:

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Ubisoft games that no longer have online multiplayer support
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

Another blow to video game preservation

Rayman Legends

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

Seeing so many Ubisoft games lose online support is concerning, especially as there will be people out there who were still playing these games. While it's easy to understand why a publisher makes these types of decisions – hosting and maintaining servers isn't free – it's still disappointing nonetheless.

Thankfully, we've seen a resurgence in recent years to preserve video games via backward compatibility. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all been guilty of abandoning the old for the new, but there's definitely been a clear shift to do more to ensure that older titles can still be played and enjoyed by a new generation of players.

Microsoft, in particular, has led the way with its Xbox backward compatibility program, while Sony will soon offer access to its older titles via its new PS Plus subscription service. Nintendo has taken a similar route, granting Nintendo Switch Online subscribers access to hundreds of NES and SNES games, while those who subscribe to the Expansion Pack tier can play N64 and Sega Genesis games.

In an ideal world, no game would ever need to lose features, nor would gamers need specific hardware to enjoy them. Unfortunately, though, we expect to see more games lose online functionality in the years to come, and more digital storefronts will likely close down.

Adam Vjestica

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.