“Assassin’s Greed”: Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Shadows May be the Next Helldivers 2 Steam Controversy after Fans Point Out Ridiculous Detail

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  • Assassin's Creed Shadows requires players to have a constant internet connection to play the game.
  • It is also reported that the physical edition of the game also requires players to be online to install.
  • Fans are unhappy with this requirement and have said that they will not be buying the game.
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EDITOR UPDATE: Since this article was published, Ubisoft has clarified the point in a tweet here.


Assassin’s Creed Red, now Assassin’s Creed Shadows, was first announced at Ubisoft Forward in 2022, and after two years, the publisher has finally unveiled the game. Assassin’s Creed Shadows will take the franchise to feudal-era Japan and will feature two protagonists, Naoe and Yasuke.

Ubisoft released the cinematic world trailer for the game, revealing that it launches on November 15, 2024, and fans are excited to get their hands on the game. However, the game may land in a controversy like Helldivers 2 Steam after one detail has been spotted by fans, and they aren’t happy.


Assassin’s Creed Shadows Could Land in a Mess Due to This Requirement

Assassin’s Creed Shadows seemingly requires players to be always online.
Assassin’s Creed Shadows seemingly requires players to be always online.

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is one of the most highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed titles, as fans have always wanted the series to visit feudal Japan, and it is finally happening. However, the game could see a Helldivers 2-like controversy, which was caused by the Steam-PSN account linking requirement, as fans have noticed a similar requirement in Shadows.

Soon after the announcement of the release date, the pre-orders for the game went live, and fans have spotted that, as per the PSN, the game requires “online play,” meaning that players will be required to have a constant internet connection to be able to play the game, and that has upset the gaming community.


There have also been reports that players purchasing the physical edition of the game will need to connect to the internet to install the game. It cannot be said exactly how this will affect the game, but many think players will need to stay connected to the internet to boot up the game.

Although fans are unhappy with this mandate, this isn’t shocking, as this was also the case with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and it will be a requirement for Star Wars Outlaws. Moreover, given how the company is trying to push microtransactions in its games with in-game cosmetics and other items, it explains a little about this requirement from the publisher.

Fans Are Not Happy With the Always Online Requirement

Fans have said that this does not make sense for a single-player game.
Fans have said that this does not make sense for a single-player game.

One of the most common complaints about this requirement is that players are confused as to why single-player games need to be online, but sadly, most of the recent titles from the publisher have it. This may not be an issue for some players, as they have a constant internet connection, but it may be an issue for many who don’t.


This requirement in Assassin’s Creed Shadows has left fans both angered and saddened. Fans have said that this is an issue and there has to be a backlash, and also that there is no reason a single-player game should always have an online requirement.

Fans are worried about the prevention of the game, as if the servers are turned off for some reason, they would be unable to play it. Many fans have called Ubisoft “greedy” and said that they would no longer be supporting the company, calling the requirement a “deal breaker.” Some have also said that they would not be buying the game.


What are your thoughts about Assassin’s Creed Shadows requiring players to always be online? Let us know in the comments.


Written by Rohit Tiwari

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Rohit Tiwari is a Gaming Journalist and Editor at FandomWire. With a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Rohit combines academic insight with a passion for the games and the stories they tell. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and when he's not busy playing games, you'll find him reading or idolizing the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo.