Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD is going to be unplayable on Steam soon. Recently, publisher and developer Ubisoft announced that this game, along with several other Ubisoft titles, is going to be removed from Steam. While this is nothing new and games get moved from one platform to another (the most recent popular game this happened to was Fall Guys, which became an Epic Game exclusive), you could still play them on the original platform if that is where you owned it. However, this won’t be the case with AC: Liberation HD, and once it’s delisted from Steam, it won’t be playable there anymore. Let’s see why this is happening.
When is AC Liberation HD Going to be Removed From Steam
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD will no longer be available to play on Steam from September 1st, 2022. It is also already no longer available for purchase there. Essentially, it is going to be removed from this platform, and you won’t be able to play it there starting from September. This is just one of 15 other titles that Ubisoft is going to shut down online services for in September. These are: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3, om Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Rayman Legends, Silent Hunter 5, Space Junkies, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and ZombiU. For some of these, this means the loss of multiplayer, while others will lose access to DLCs, and other functionalities.
Why is Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD Being Removed From Steam
When asked for comment, and Ubisoft spokesperson said: “We don’t take the decision to retire services for older Ubisoft games lightly, and our teams are currently assessing all available options for players who will be impacted when these games’ online services are decommissioned on 1st September, 2022. We are also working with our partners to update this information across all storefronts, so players will be fully informed about the removal of online services at the point of purchase as well as via our support article where we shared the news.”
Needless to say, players that own the game on Steam are less than happy about this. In the last several years, Ubisoft has stopped supporting many of its older titles, but this is the first time that one of its games is going to be completely unplayable – without offering a refund. This sets a troubling precedent and we will see if player backlash is enough to sway the developer into reversing its decision.