Ubisoft will shut down the online servers for a handful of their estate Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six titles. As well as the sunsets from the servers before Ghost Recon Future Soldier Rainbow Six Vegas, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on PlayStation 3, the servers for PlayStation 2 title Rainbow Six Lockdown will also be closed.
Despite the closure of Sony’s Dynamic Network Authentication System for PlayStation 2 in 2016, Rainbow Six Lockdown online matches can still be played through the external XLink Kai service. Unfortunately, players will no longer be able to use that service to play the game later this year, although Ubisoft has not specified a specific shutdown date. Likewise, there is only a 2021 window for the online servers to shut down for the trio of PS3 games. All of the games’ solo and local multiplayer modes will remain available, although in-game news, online leaderboards, and other in-game stats required online will be closed. As regards Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Ubisoft Connect (formerly UPlay) rewards and promotions will also be disabled and some trophies will be discontinued.
Those looking to grab the games’ DLC will want to do so before the PlayStation 3 Store closes on July 2. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 got a free DLC with maps that can be used in the game’s co-op Terrorist Hunt mode. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier had three DLC expansions: Khyber Strike, Raven Strike, and Arctic attack. These include new maps, weapons and campaign missions.
The closings aren’t surprising given that most of the franchise fans have switched to the latest games. Rainbow Six Siege continues to add content and year 6 started at the end of February. There is also the upcoming title Rainbow Six Quarantine will be released later this year. Meanwhile, Ubisoft has promised to add content to Ghost Recon: Breakpoint year-round, including a Teammate Experience update at the end of spring and a much bigger title update this fall with a new operation.
[Source: Ubisoft Forums