Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD’s Steam page says it will be unplayable after September 1st

Following the game's removal from sale on Steam

For PC players on Steam, it looks like Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD and two other Ubisoft games won’t be playable after September 1st even for players who have the game in their Steam library, according to its Steam listing as first reported by PC Gamer.

The news follows the Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD’s removal from sale at Ubisoft’s request which notes that “this title will not be accessible following September 1st, 2022.” This is not the first time we’ve recently heard Ubisoft reeling back on its older games. Last week, the publisher released a list of games that would be losing access to DLC and online functionality which Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD was listed in. Still, the game’s full-blown removal is a bit shocking, nothing yet has been said if this move will affect the remastered console versions. In response to VGC’s initial reporting of its list of decommissioned games, Ubisoft released a statement.

“We don’t take the decision to retire services for older Ubisoft games lightly. 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,” Ubisoft said in a statement

Assasin’s Creed Liberation HD was the very first game in the series that featured a female protagonist, known as Aveline de Grandpré who was also a person of colour. The game was a 2014 HD enhanced port of the original 2012 PSVita game released on PC and consoles. The title does take place in the same time frame as Assassin’s Creed III and does feature a small crossover between the two protagonists in a specific mission.

Update July 11th, 1:45  p.m. ET: In a statement to Kotaku, Ubisoft has clarified that current Steam players who own any of the “[decommissioned games] will still be able to access, play or redownload them” after September 1st which includes Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD. The publisher reiterates that only DLC and online features are being affected by the move, Ubisoft adds that it’s working toward updating “this information across all storefronts,” but no reason was given why the game was removed from the PC storefront in the first place.