Troubling information has been introduced for gamers of Ubisoft’s free-to-play cellular RPG Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. Despite formally launching on October 4, Ubisoft has now confirmed that it is going to be shutting down the sport, admitting that persevering with help for it’s “no longer sustainable.” Servers for Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad will stay on-line up via October 4, 2021, giving the sport only one full 12 months on-line. That’s hardly what Ubisoft or the sport’s gamers have been hoping for.
In a press release launched alongside affirmation of Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad‘s shutdown, Ubisoft tells followers that the event workforce “really gave it our best.” It factors to updates like Elite Squad‘s Season 2, which arrived in March earlier this 12 months. The workforce says that it was a “truly rewarding experience” to work with gamers inside Elite Squad‘s passionate group. It’s a half-apology and half-goodbye from a workforce that clearly had larger plans for Elite Squad that’ll now by no means be realized.
While Elite Squad‘s misfortune is definite to be disappointing to gamers, it is also unlikely to be utterly stunning. Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad‘s launch was mired in controversy. Months previous to the sport’s launch, Elite Squad‘s opening video was launched. It portrayed a raised fist image generally related to the Black Lives Matter motion as a hostile, terrorist drive inside the sport. Further language within the trailer mirrored political language usually used to attempt to misrepresent the civil rights protest motion.
Ubisoft finally issued an apology for the video, saying that imagery used inside it was “insensitive and harmful in both its inclusion and how it was portrayed.” The video was modified previous to launch, however discourse surrounding the sport continued to be coloured by the controversy. It did not assist that Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s son, Charlie Guillemot, was co-head of the studio creating Elite Squad. Charlie Guillemot finally stepped down from the place earlier this 12 months.
Ubisoft’s going via a difficult interval even now, past simply the cancellation of Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. A report from Kotaku shared particulars relating to ongoing challenges at its Singapore studio, together with allegations of racism and sexism all through the studio’s administration. Elite Squad‘s closure looks like a lesser challenge as compared.
Fans of Ubisoft and its video games from Tom Clancy‘s sport sequence nonetheless have loads of choices to select from, although not essentially on cellular. Instead, Ubisoft has been specializing in massive on-line video games like Rainbow Six Siege, the upcoming Rainbow Six Extraction, and the newly introduced Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. Otherwise, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad will stay obtainable to play without cost via October 4.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is at present obtainable on cellular units.