The news was announced on the game’s official site with the caption “The Story Ends”, explaining that there will be no new content following this week’s update.
The blog post explained that the game was “no longer sustainable” despite the development team investigating several avenues to keep it going. “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!” explained the team adding that they hoped players had enjoyed the game as much as “we have enjoyed making the game”.
An update regarding Tom Clancy's Elite Squad: pic.twitter.com/G6Hb1SO7Gx
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) August 29, 2020
Ubisoft first announced Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad at E3 2019 with the game pitting characters from various Tom Clancy franchises in real-time 5v5 battles. Back in March, its largest update, Elite Squad Season 2, saw substantial changes to its grid-based combat system as well as tweaks to character abilities.
There was controversy for the game early on when there were accusations that it had used a raised fist as a symbol for the game’s villain when such imagery was linked to Black Lives Matter. That led to a Twitter-based apology from Ubisoft.
While it’s probably a coincidence with timings, the closure news surrounding Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad swiftly follows the announcement of another Tom Clancy project – XDefiant – which is set to offer its first closed playlists from August 4.