A number of Ubisoft games have been updated on Steam with a new notice informing players that they will be delisted from Sept. 1.
Previously it was announced that Ubisoft would be ending online services for a number of their older games which, in some cases, prevents PC players from accessing DLC. For a game like Space Junkies, Ubisoft's multiplayer-only title, this game will be entirely unplayable from Sept. 1, 2022.
Fans have begun to spot notices apearing on certain Ubisoft games on Steam, such as for Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, which marked that the game would be made unavailable on the platform from Sept. 1. The same has now been confirmed for Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Splinter Cell Blacklist.
Ubisoft have since confirmed that the games are being "decommissioned." In a statement to GamesRadar, Ubisoft stated, "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 September 1st, 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."
Some games have already been removed from Steam ahead of September, with a notice appearing saying, "At the request of the publisher, Space Junkies/Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic is no longer available for sale on Steam."
Following the delisting, each of the affected games will no longer be available to purchase or play. The decision has been met with backlash among fans, sharing concerns around preservation for digital titles, as well as how the move effects consumers.