Uplay will be down according to several reports on September 26. Many games, and their online store, will be unavailable as the service undergoes maintenance from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, UTC.
UTC means Universal Time, a military standard time zone which is four hours ahead of Eastern Time, also known as Zulu. Plan your gaming time accordingly, or just play something not depending on Uplay services tomorrow.
Combined with Uplay being down on Monday, Ubisoft is also shutting down four games by the end of 2016, says GameSpresso. It may be due to very few gamers actually playing them. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Tom Clancy’s Endwar Online, Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, and Ghost Recon Phantoms are all PC titles facing their support being pulled. Quest is set to get taken down on October 25, while Endwar Online and Duel of Champions are getting dropped on October 31. Ghost Recon Phantoms is facing termination on December 1. Any in-game currency you might have in those games will need to be used prior to those dates, or it will be lost.
Maintenance will take place on Sept. 26th from 7AM UTC to 12PM UTC which will impact our online services. Details: https://t.co/p080byUjY4
— Ubisoft Support (@UbisoftSupport) September 22, 2016
One thing Ubisoft began doing alongside the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was making games which required you to be always online. This had been the standard requirement in 2013, until both Sony and Xbox changed their minds and decided you didn’t need to be online all the time to play your games. The “always online” condition was a response to a constant threat to the gaming industry, which is piracy. Many games require you to check in online to prove you own them (via DRM standards), while others lose functionality without the online connection. Others still actually have necessary patches you need to install to make the game work properly, like Far Cry 4.
With Uplay down on Monday, many Ubisoft games will be either unplayable or missing functionality, as confirmed by a special notice on Ubisoft Support.
Their MMO racing title, The Crew, will be one of those you won’t be able to play at all until the maintenance is over. Before it even lets you play, you have to connect to the servers and collect data saved on them, syncing it with what you have on the console itself. If you’re playing when the services go down, you may end up getting stuck on a perpetual loading screen when accessing the garage, tuners, or dealers, or fast traveling.
While Uplay is down, all Ubisoft games requiring an internet connection to function will either not start or stop playing.
Other titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will work fine, but you won’t be able to access “Kenway’s Fleet,” a naval mini-game where you earn most of your in-game currency. You can still pickpocket anyone and take down big ships for bigger scores, but the passive income will not be available.
Perhaps while Uplay is down, Ubisoft might take that time to patch problems with its current titles like The Crew and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. In The Crew, there is a persistent issue where the game crashes almost every time you enter the HQ from the “mobile phone” and try to change the paint on your vehicle. In Syndicate, there is the “Community Helix Glitch” which never seems to register when you collect it.
All multiplayer functionality on Ubisoft games, including stores, will be unavailable during these hours.
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