Ubisoft has announced that it will be shutting down four Free-to-Play PC titles, three by the end of October and another by the end of the year.
Closing down on the 25th October is The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Might & Magic Duel of Champions and then on the 31st October, Tom Clancy’s Endwar Online will go offline. Finally, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms will no longer be available from the 1st December.
Ubisoft has already shuttered currency transactions, however, you can still use the currency you purchased on the in game stores. Although that is of little comfort when you know those items are gone in a few months.
Not only will the games become available from the shutdown dates, the game forums, websites and social channels will also cease operations.
The responses to the decision to close the four titles is mixed. Some players are sad to see a game they spent their time and money on and being part of the community. Others are angry that Ubisoft made the decision to close the games which they spent their time and money on.
Either way, closing a game usually isn’t an easy decision but when the cost of running the service outperforms the number of players they have there isn’t much option. These games were all designed with online play in mind and generally use proprietary elements to work with login systems. This leaves players without an offline option and servers unable to run without development work to disconnect their reliance on the publisher network.