Over the past week Ubisoft has announced that it will be closing the books on four of its free-to-play titles and retiring online services for eight others. Shutting down on October 25th are The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online and Might & Magic: Duel of Champions (already gone on consoles and iOS) with December 1st being the end for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms. Effective immediately all purchases of in-game currency have been stopped but players may continue to shop and spend their current balances. A blanket explanation for all four titles, written in somewhat broken English explains the decision succinctly:
“[Name of Game] was not as successful as we had hoped for, so we had to make the decision to close the game. This decision wasn’t easy for us and we tried to find other ways. But in the end we decided to close the game and focus on other projects.”
While the four titles above are being completely shut down eight others are losing online multiplayer, Uplay functionality and/or online connectivity like news feeds and stat tracking as of September 24th, 2016. These titles include:
- Call of Juarez 2: Bound in Blood
- Call of Juarez 3: The Cartel
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Raven Shield
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter 2
- Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2
Ubisoft’s cost cutting measures border on revisionist history as the websites, forums and even social media channels for these titles are also being removed by the end of the year. If you have any memorable conversations with players on the official forums you may want to take a few screenshots for posterity.
I’ll get the Watch List calendar updated and add individual pages for the four soon-to-be-delisted titles as soon as I can.