Following the launch of Assassin’s Creed III Remastered last month, it appears publisher Ubisoft has delisted the original game from PC retailers such as Steam and Uplay. The game’s Steam page is still visible, but states, «At the request of the publisher, Assassin’s Creed III is no longer available for sale on Steam.»
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is of course available for purchase for $40 / £34 / AU $60, but unlike the original version this does not include the game’s multiplayer portion. GameSpot has reached out to Ubisoft to confirm why the original version was removed.
It should be noted the delisting does not prevent existing owners of Assassin’s Creed III from downloading or playing the game-it merely prevents anyone else from purchasing it. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, meanwhile, is included in the season pass for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
After launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the end of March, Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is making its way to Nintendo Switch on May 21. The original game, meanwhile, was first released for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U in 2012. We awarded it an 8.5/10 in our Assassin’s Creed III review; critic Kevin VanOrd said it «expands the series’ gameplay in enjoyable and sensible ways.»
He added: «Assassin’s Creed III is a big game that gives you a lot to do, some of which is fleshed out relatively well, and some of which isn’t. It is not, however, content to rest on the series’ laurels. It takes chances with its opening, with its story, and with its characters.