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Tom Clancy's Elite Squad started strong in 2020. First, it provoked and then disappointed Splinter Cell fans by reclaiming Sam Fisher, not in the new Splinter Cell game that people have been demanding for years, but as a character in a mobile tactical game. He then decided to use a raised fist as a symbol for the bad guys in the game, an evil, faceless Kabbalah hiding behind protesters demanding social and economic justice, a decision that eventually led to an apology for use. "insensitive and harmful" of images related to historically important movements, including Black Lives Matter.
And after all these problems, the game did not even reach a year: Ubisoft announced today that it has stopped the development of the game and that the servers closed on October 4.
"It wasn't an easy decision, but after exploring several options with our teams, we came to the conclusion that it was no longer sustainable," the Elite Squad team wrote. "We want to make sure we really did our best, especially with great news like the second season, and it was a really rewarding experience working with you, our passionate community!"
The game will continue to run as usual (fewer updates) until October 4 and Ubisoft expressed its hope that players “stay with us and have fun reaching level 70 and unlocking all the soldiers you can before firing -nos ”.
Elite Squad is a mobile game, but its closure is largely interesting due to the relatively new Ubisoft interest in free games. The company said in May that free games represent "a great opportunity to significantly expand the audience of our largest franchises" and that it has taken action on this front with games such as Hyper Scape, Roller Champions, The Division: Heartland and the recently announced XDefiant, which, like Elite Squad, combines several properties of Tom Clancy into a single not particularly consistent shooter.
There is no indication of a connection between the incidents, but the Elite Squad's closing announcement comes less than two months after the incident. exit of Charlie Guillemot, the co-director of developer Ubisoft Owlient. Charlie Guillemot is also the son of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. I have contacted Ubisoft for more information and will update if I receive a response.