Software concept

Either automatically updates itself to latest version or informs the player of availability of newer version and where to get it or requires manually running separate update tool/check that comes with the game, without having to use third-party updater.


Alternate name: Auto-update

The first video game about Self-update was released in 1998.

Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment and Atari has published most of these games

Occasionally there's no separate update check button but still requires some user action, such as entering a multiplayer lobby.

These commonly become dysfunctional some time after the end of the game's perceived lifetime or projected service time, ranging from a month to year or two.

MMOs have this by default, AFAIK, so they don't need to be tagged.

Not for games published on a service that automatically updates all games in it (such as Valve's Steam). The update functionality is not part of the game itself then.