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Ubisoft has begun removing digital copies of The Crew from players' libraries

Ubisoft has begun removing digital copies of The Crew from players' libraries

Intensifying players' concerns how “Digital” And “Forever” They don't go together, h Ubisoft I started removing it the crew From the libraries of players who have purchased it.

The French company had announced since last year that the game's servers would be shut down on March 31, 2024. However, since the game has always been online, single-player content will not be available after the servers are shut down as well. Well, that date has arrived, and now many players are reporting that the game is not only not working, but has disappeared from their digital libraries on Ubisoft Connect.

Specifically, as PC Gamer reports, the title now appears in a new section on Ubisoft Connect with “Inactive Games” and carries the following highlighted message:

“You no longer have access to this game. Why don't you visit the store to continue your adventures?”

If the player has already installed the game and tries to run it, it will run but in demo mode. On the other hand, if someone tries to open the Steam version of the game, it now asks for an activation key.

As you can imagine, Ubisoft's decision caused a backlash, disappointing many players who were hoping that the community would build their own servers for those who wanted to continue playing. In fact, many on social media and Reddit have started discussions about whether or not what Ubisoft did was legal.

Ubisoft responded to Eurogamer's request for comment saying:

We announced on December 14, 2023 that after nearly a decade of support, we would be retiring The Crew 1 on March 31, 2024. While we realize this may be disappointing for players, it was necessary due to our server infrastructure and licensing limitations.