The weekly updates feature started as a resoult of the boycott thread. It way a way for Ubisoft to show us that they listen to us and that they care. They quickly released some patches (that went hand in hand with some DLCs) that resolved some issues but the major issues have still to be adressed. Stopping the weekly updates only means that they don't plan any more updates. In fact the recent server move and the last patch caused a lot of new problems. I won't detail the unresolved problems nor the new ones here, they can be seen all over the forums.
Keeping open support tickets requires the will to be at war with Ubisoft support and not all of us have the will or the time to do that. I admire Oblivion for doing it but I can't. Ubisoft has these forums which should be enough to show them what the real problems with the game are but they are not really using their own forums. I understand that Mr Shade and the other moderators do their job extremelly well and they often go way beyond their job's requirements but I often get the feeling that even they knock on deaf ears, they try to help but they often seem to hit the wall of Ubisoft. As a resoult they loose a lot of the respect they deserve and should get as moderators of this community.
I play the multiplayer a lot because I do like it, that is why I want the problems fixed. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't care. I will buy AC3 as well for the story and will probably play the multiplayer since it is included. But I will do so, fully expecting to experience the same or worse problems as now. And if someone asks me whether they should buy AC3 for the multiplayer, I will say an emphatic NO, the multiplayer alone isn't worth the price of the game since the company that makes it isn't willing to make it work as intended when problems are found, nor keep it in working order for long. I will say the same things for any other Ubisoft game that has a multiplayer. This is not a threat, I just can't honestly suggest to someone to spend their hard earned money for something that (no matter how good and fun it may be) is as broken and as unsupported as the AC multiplayer is. And what I'm saying right now is exactly what the weekly updates were supposed to address, but they can't do that unless they are ongoing and lasting for as long as there are serious problems.
If anyone bothered to read this block of text, thank you.