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

See also: self report
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.