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Online modes for the majority of Ubisoft games will be impacted next week when the company moves its gaming servers.


PC and Mac gamers will find several games completely unavailable online and offline.


Ubisoft will start transitioning its online services from next Tuesday, 7th February.


PC games scheduled to go dark include Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7.


Mac gamers will lose access to Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell Conviction and The Settlers.


Uplay on PC will fall offline completely, although other PC games not mentioned above will remain playable offline if already connected at least once.


Top titles Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Driver: Francisco will remain playable online throughout the server move across PC and all console platforms.


Just Dance 3 on Xbox 360 and The Settlers Online on PC will also be unaffected.


All other Ubisoft games will have their online modes "impacted" during the maintenance, the company has warned.


Ubisoft did not mention how long the work would last.

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Publisher Ubisoft has announced that it will be transitioning the hosting of many of its online services "from a third-party data center to a new facility" on February 7. During the transition, which is meant to "improve the maintenance of our infrastructure and deliver better uptime and greatly improved services for our customers," some Ubisoft titles across a number of platforms will be completely or partially unplayable.

Ubisoft preemptively apologizes to its customers for the inconvenience in the official announcement on the Ubisoft Online website. While there's no mention as to how long the transition of services will last, the publisher has provided a list of the games, platforms, and services that will be partially or completely taken offline during that time.

The following six games will not be playable at all during the transition:

  • Assassin's Creed - Mac

  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 - PC

  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI - PC

  • Splinter Cell: Conviction - Mac

  • The Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom - PC

  • The Settlers - Mac

There are some games that won't be impacted by the transition at all. They are:

  • ANNO 2070 - PC

  • Assassin's Creed Revelations - OnLive, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

  • Driver: San Francisco - OnLive, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

  • Just Dance 3 - Xbox 360

  • The Settlers Online - PC (web-based)

Ubisoft's announcement also notes: "The Online features of all games that are not mentioned above will be impacted during the transition. Offline modes will not be impacted."

As expected, the PC version of Uplay--the publisher's proprietary online game service--will also be offline during the migration. It's also stated that all Ubisoft websites will be "impacted by the transition," save for the Official Forums and Solution Center sites.

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Next week sees a host of Tom Clancy-related titles attempt to sneak up on Xbox Live users and pry open their wallets, armed only with a set of price discounts.


From 21st to 27th February you'll be able to take advantage of the following offers, as detailed on Major Nelson's blog:

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Co-op Collection, 200 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Co-op Collection 200 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Deniable Ops: Insurgency 400 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Chapter 2, 300 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Air Supremacy, 400 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 All-in-one Pack, 400 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar Escalation, 200 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, 600 points (50 per cent off)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Outfit, 200 points (50 per cent off)


Should you survive that onslaught, Pac-Man wades in the following week with an army of demented, blood-thirsty ghouls in tow. From 28th February you'll be able to grab the thoroughly awesome PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX for 400 Points, down from 800.

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Ubisoft's delayed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier and Driver San Francisco.


Both games were due to be released some time in the first three months of 2011. Now, they are included in Ubisoft's 2011-12 line-up, which runs from the beginning of April 2011 to the end of March 2012.


No explanation was provided by the French company in its first-half 2010-11 financial results.


It did say, however, that H.A.W.X. 2 and R.U.S.E. "performed below expectations".

For the first six months of the financial year, Ubisoft made a net loss of €89.8 million - 34.5 per cent worse than the loss it made on the same period last year. That sounds bad, but sales were up an impressive 57 per cent to €260 million.


Of those sales, both Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 and R.U.S.E. performed "below expectations", as mentioned, but Wii smash hit Just Dance fuelled solid back catalogue sales.


And Ubisoft enjoyed a twofold increase in digital sales off the back of Scott Pilgrim on XBLA and PSN, downloadable content and sales of PC games.


Looking forward to the rest of the quarter, Ubisoft pointed to its impressive release slate of games it reckons should rake in the cash.

There's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, due out this week. Just Dance 2 is already doing the business. Then there's Raving Rabbids Travel in Time for the Wii, Michael Jackson The Experience for the Wii, DS and PSP, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, MotionSports and Fighters Uncaged for Xbox 360 Kinect.


CEO Yves Guillemot said: "Ubisoft's outlook is extremely encouraging for the upcoming Christmas period. Just Dance 2, launched in mid-October, is the Wii phenomenon of the moment, with sales up 75 per cent.


"Assassin's Creed Brotherhood has the potential to outstrip the exceptional performance of the previous episodes, with pre-orders up 25 per cent over Assassin's Creed II. The initial reviews have been extremely positive, praising the breadth of the single-player experience as well as the game's revolutionary multiplayer mode.


"Michael Jackson The Experience and Raving Rabbids Travel in Time are also expected to contribute to our success in the coming quarter, which looks set to see record performances. We are also encouraged by the very positive early performance of Kinect and the good showing of our games for this system, especially Your Shape: Fitness Evolved which is the best selling third-party game for Kinect in the United States."

Buried within its financial results press release is a mention that Ubisoft is "taking measures to adapt its structure to the major changes in the industry by reorganizing the roles and operations of its studios, which has resulted in the termination of certain projects".


It fails to mention which projects have been cancelled.

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