Ubisoft introduced final week that it is pulling the plug on on-line assist for quite a few its older video games, together with a number of Assassin’s Creeds, Driver San Francisco, Far Cry 3, and several other others. But Ubisoft Mainz, the studio behind the city-sim technique game Anno 2070—which can also be on the checklist of video games dropping on-line assist—is not letting it go and not using a struggle.
“After an initial investigation, we have decided to dedicate some of our development resources to work on upgrading Anno 2070’s aged online services infrastructure to a new system, so that these features can continue to be used past the mentioned date,” the studio mentioned in an update posted shortly after Ubisoft’s shutdown announcement. “However, we cannot yet guarantee that we’ll be able to successfully upgrade/replace the old services as we’d like to.”
No guarantees, then, however it’s a shot, and doubtless an excellent one: If Batman: Arkham Origins gamers can restore that game’s on-line performance years after it was closed by Warner, then absolutely the studio that truly makes Anno 2070 can determine learn how to preserve the wheels turning within the two months earlier than companies are literally shuttered.
Anno 2070 has been out for greater than a decade now, and a few would possibly say that is sufficient time for followers to get their fill. But technique video games are inclined to have lengthy tails and devoted followers, and a few gamers are pushing again: A few responses to the Ubisoft Mainz submit reminisced about nonetheless enjoying Anno 2070 from their unique disc-based copies, whereas one other wrote, “Before anyone says that 10 years is a huge length of time, it honestly isn’t.”
Predictably, there’s additionally a name for review-bombing on Steam—there’s undoubtedly a visual backlash there, however the uncooked numbers are so small (10 damaging opinions since July 2) to actually depend as a “bombing.”
For now, Ubisoft Mainz reminded gamers that Anno 2070’s on-line performance will proceed to function usually till September 1. More particulars on what’s taking place with the game will likely be supplied “in the coming weeks and months.”