In August of last year, Ubisoft launched a cellular Tom Clancy action-RPG known as Elite Squad, which featured characters from Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, The Division, H.A.W.X., and EndWar (keep in mind these final two?). Right now, lower than a full 12 months later, Ubisoft’s Owlient studio introduced that Tom Clancy’s Marvel’s Avengers is shutting down.
The corporate delivered the information in a post on Elite Squad’s website.
“It’s with an excessive amount of unhappiness that we’re saying we are going to now not be releasing new content material for Elite Squad,” the sport’s improvement crew wrote. “Right now’s replace will probably be our final, and on October 4th, 2021 we are going to shut the servers down. This was not a straightforward choice, however after exploring a number of choices with our groups, we got here to the conclusion that it was now not sustainable.”
Elite Squad, made by the studio initially co-headed by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s son Charlie, was troubled from the get-go. When it first launched, it was criticized for a cinematic that linked imagery evocative of Black Lives Matter to terrorism, prompting Ubisoft to apologize and remove the imagery. Critiques, in the meantime, painted Elite Squad as a reasonably generic gacha recreation, and it seemingly failed to draw a lot of a participant base. The junior Guillemot serving to lead the studio additionally left Owlient in Could 2021. Now the sport has reached the top of the road.
In some methods, Elite Squad’s overarching idea—take all of Tom Clancy’s unruly, posthumous digital sons and put them in a single place—is getting a do-over within the recently announced XDefiant, which takes gameplay cues from Name of Obligation and Overwatch as an alternative of gacha’s dirty clutches. The playtest for that recreation begins on August 5.
Ubisoft as a complete has lately hit many bumps within the street. Whereas it introduced what primarily quantities to a whole platform for Assassin’s Creed games a pair weeks in the past, Kotaku’s reporting right this moment revealed the slow-mo mess spilling out of an Assassin’s Creed co-developer, Ubisoft Singapore—which can also be answerable for the pained eight-year (and counting) development process of pirate recreation Cranium & Bones. This comes on the heels of delays to multiple major Ubisoft games and ongoing harassment woes that lately culminated in a French court docket criticism accusing Ubisoft of “institutional harassment.” Elite Squad is perhaps shutting down in October, nevertheless it’s unlikely that Ubisoft’s wider troubles will finish anytime quickly.