Ubisoft has decided to shut down Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, their last attempt at a Tom Clancy universe crossover game that released just 11 months ago in August 2020. There will be no more new content for Elite Squad and the game’s servers will be shut down in October.
In a statement, the Elite Squad team said:
It is with a great deal of sadness that we are announcing we will no longer be releasing new content for Elite Squad. Today’s update will be our last, and on October 4th, 2021 we will shut the servers down.
This was not an easy decision, but after exploring multiple options with our teams, we came to the conclusion that it was no longer sustainable. We want to assure you all that we really gave it our best, especially with big updates like Season 2, and it was a truly rewarding experience to work with you, our passionate community!
We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed playing with us as much as we have enjoyed making the game and engaging with you all on social media and Discord. We hope that some of you stick around with us and have fun reaching level 70 and unlocking all of the soldiers you can before we say goodbye.
Thanks to all of you for playing the game.
Elite Squad immediately found itself in hot water upon release for including a black raised fist as the enemy logo, imagery that could very easily be misconstrued for its connection to the Black Lives Matter movement that swept the US and other parts of the world last year following the murder of George Floyd by police officers. It was quickly removed, but not before it landed Ubisoft in yet another scandal.
Of course, what almost certainly led to the decision would have been dropping engagement in the tricky mobile gaming market. Ubisoft will be hoping that their next big Clancy-verse crossover game fares better. Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is pitched as a high-octance free-to-play multiplayer shooter, drawing upon factions and characters from across the decades of Tom Clancy games that Ubisoft has released.
Source: Elite Squad