These Two Ubisoft Games Are Shutting Down, Here's When and Why

Ghost Recon Phantoms and The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will soon be no more.

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Ghost Recon Phantoms, a free-to-play multiplayer shooter that initially launched in 2012, is coming to an end. Ubisoft announced this week that the PC game is shutting down, with servers going offline on December 1.

In a statement on the game's website, developer Ubisoft Singapore said the game represented a "tremendous undertaking" and the team was happy to release a "different take" on the franchise. The studio also thanked fans for their support over the years.

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The official shutdown will take place on December 1. Though the game will remain playable until then, Ubisoft has disabled the in-game shop, so you can no longer buy virtual currency.

Unfortunately for fans, Ubisoft is not offering refunds for players who still have a balance of credits when the game shuts down. The developer also will not offer any kind of conversion of Phantoms credits to another Ubisoft game. All of this is in line with the game's terms of service, Ubisoft said.

There don't appear to be layoffs happening at Ubisoft Singapore as a result of the forthcoming shutdown, as Ubisoft explained in a surprisingly frank FAQ that employees have already moved to new projects at the company.

As for why Ubisoft is closing Phantoms, the developer said it simply didn't reach a wide enough audience.

"Unfortunately, GRP was not as successful as we had hoped for, so we had to make the decision to close the game," the developer said. "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."

As for what Ubisoft Singapore is making next, the studio announced in March that it's making a big new PC and console game, though it has not yet been announced. This won't be Phantoms 2, as neither Ubisoft Singapore nor any other studios is likely working on a follow-up, the developer said in the FAQ.

The FAQ also contains a question that asks if Ubisoft cares about PC players and if they are considered "secondary" to console users.

"Our goal is to provide players with the best possible experience of our gamers on whichever platform they chose," the developer said. "That means our teams take the time to optimize each game for each respective platform on which the game will be released, and that’s something we're committed to continuing to improve."

A version of Phantoms was announced for Wii U, when it was known as Ghost Recon Online, but it never came out. The next Ghost Recon game is 2017's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, while a movie based on the franchise is also in the works and will be produced by Michael Bay.

Ubisoft Singapore studio also created Assassin's Creed III's naval battles, which went on to become a key pillar of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Rogue's gameplay.

Ubisoft is also shutting down another free-to-play game, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. All service will close down on October 25, 2016, Ubisoft said in its forums. The publisher used the same exact statement as Phantoms to explain why the game is shutting down. "

"Unfortunately, Mighty Quest for Epic Loot was not as successful as we had hoped for, so we had to make the decision to close the game," the developer said. "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."

You can learn more about the shutdown in this FAQ.

In other news about free-to-play games shutting down, Microsoft confirmed this week that Russia's Halo Online is coming to an end.

Via: Gamasutra

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Skill4Reel

This was a HUGE missed opportunity to market Ghost Recon Phantoms on the Wii U. It seemed like a perfect fit for the platform. A new take on the series on a non-traditional console platform. The Wii U presentation for Ghost Recon Online from E3 2011 was excellent, and was one of the main reasons why I wanted the console.

Let's make a few comparisons to Splatoon with this game to see why it would have worked. Both are gameplay and multiplayer focused. It would appeal to arcade style players who just want to play the game, and not worry about cut scenes and story telling. Which is a large majority of Nintendo console owners. Also just like Splatoon the Ghost Recon Online Wii U demo from 2011 showed heavy usage of the Wii U gamepad features in ways that just made sense to use them. Which is the kind of third party support that the Wii U needed.

It is amazing how Ubisoft forced all of these other games onto the Wii U, but the one game that they were making that seemed to have the most potential for this platforms outside of the half baked Zombi U. They don't finish making that. More proof that almost nothing in this industry is done for the people playing the games anymore.

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x3style

The game is and was fantastic, but after lvl 20 it's Pay2Win, that's why it sucked and nobody played it anymore.

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Xero_Kaiser

Epic Quest for Mighty Loot has been dead for a long time.

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rikku45

I played the in the closed beta for the epic loot game and never touched it again.

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zyxe

This is exactly why I don't love server-based games that are f2p, too much of a chance of getting invested then having some corporate people decide to shut it down without consideration of the users. All that investment, gone.

I prefer games that have an offline component and maybe user-based hosting for multiplayer.

It's sad because this was a game I may have otherwise been interested in dropping $50 on. Now, Ubisoft won't have gotten any of my money for it.

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IanNottinghamX

@zyxe: I agree with what your saying but the problem with the user based hosting thing is the chance of hackers skyrockets.

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DarkCaptain3

@zyxe: This game has been out for 4 years however and it was always F2P. You didn't need to spend a dime on it as all weaponry you could get from paying could be gotten from just playing for free. Not only that but the pay weaponry did not outdo the regular weapons either.

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zyxe

@DarkCaptain3: It's not just a time investment, though, it's an attachment investment. I don't want to get hooked then have the plug pulled.

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DarkCaptain3

@zyxe: Understood and I feel the same way about digital games in general honestly. Such as Destiny or other games of the sort. Games that are reliant on a server or games that are reliant on a service (basically can't be played unless that service is still running as is the case with many digital games) are not the best sort of games to have I believe.

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countofwilfore

Haven't played GRP for a while, I am going to miss it. It was a good game, especially for those who wanted some idea of what the Ghost Recon series is like. However, this is why I never, if not rarely, buy micro-transactions in f2p games; if it ever shuts down, that money you spent is gone.

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snarf24

This is wh I won't ever buy another game that relies only on Internet. Single/coop campaigns and then optional online multiplayer are the best kind of games. Like Halo 5, Uncharted four and soon Gears of war four. None of this crappy Star Wars battlefront or even the great Overwatch. Overtime people will stop playing it and then all you have is a useless game that you can't even trade in.

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Yams1980

I never played these games.

But on a related topic, Ubisoft is just terrible.

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DAOWAce

Might Quest going down, huh?

Guess they shouldn't have tried to cash in with it (pay to win) then somewhat re-design the game after the backlash, wiping everyone's progress. Also didn't help it was barely advertised beyond its beta days.

I thought about going back a few times, but each time I remembered my stuff is gone and I'd have to deal with people who put money into the game.

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Megawizard

@DAOWAce: Huh; I never knew they did a full wipe on it. I had played it shortly after it went onto Steam, and I remember it was totally ridiculous to bother attacking anyone since people just piled all their mobs into 1 big room and you got absolutely wrecked. Quit after like 5 hours of playtime.

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DAOWAce

@Megawizard: Was before it hit Steam. Went into open beta, released for everyone. I played it for a few weeks, logged on every so often. Then one day I check it out again after they added a new class (Berserker, pay only), only to find out my progress was wiped.

This is WELL after you were able to spend money on the game.

So, uninstalled and never went back. Can't say I'm disappointed to see it shutting down.

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sakaiXx

Pc mustard race.

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PIXEL8

A once great series that's now in the toilet. Badlands looks awful. But this is Ubisoft, so it's no surprise.

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InYourMouf

@pixel8: You mean "Wildlands?"

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PIXEL8

@InYourMouf: yes. Pardon me.

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More reason not to P in a FTP, ur basically P'ing All over you F'nP.

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Abomination713

I played Ghost Recon Online when it first game out in beta and it was super fun. I really enjoyed it. However, once it went out of beta and into release, it went to shit real fast. Pay to win gear everywhere and the snipers ability was so massively overpowered that some levels you could not win if the enemy team has a sniper down a choke point.

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SuperKlyph

I suppose it was time.

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Ripper_TV

Surprisingly frank indeed. Anyone here played it? I've played Epic Quest for 30 minutes and it seemed promising, however I've heard that the game gets repetative very quickly.

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mkeezay22

Phantoms actually had promise at one point, it was great tactical fun, then the massive cheating and huge amount of XP needed to advance just killed it.

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jinzo9988

Sell them to another free to play publishing company so they can continue to peddle garbage games with bullshit pricing schemes.

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madgame23

Last I heard Phantoms was full of cheaters and it became a grind fest to have any fun. I never trust f2p simply because they are known to be p2w. Pay more to win more. Still the hackers were the bigger issue.

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Kusann

@madgame23: Not all free to play games are pay to win; League of Legends, Smite, Warframe, etc are free and you get no advantage by paying real money.

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Ice-Cube

I remember being so excited for the Epic Loot one, played it and never went back. Just bad management I guess.

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archav3n

If I play f2p that will be dota2 or LoL. Ubishaft and most big corporations like blizzard had no efkin clue about what gamers want

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Rolento25

@archav3n: Blizzard? I'm pretty sure Blizzard is doing very well... lol

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oromashu

@archav3n: gamers don't even know what they want.

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_Silent_Jay_

@oromashu: Yep. Never seen such a cowardly and superstitious lot outside of any other wretched hive of scum and villainy. (Not really, just had an urge to blend references.)

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Rolento25

@oromashu: This guy/gal gets it.

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CommandoAgent

I cant say i am not surprised. It seems that Ubisoft is listening to its fans and honestly , The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Was ok not a great title they should have turned that game into a full title rather then a free to play nonsense.

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Stiler

To seriously not offer refunds, or at LEAST exchange the balances of players that have spent real money on the game, even if its "ok by our TOS" is just a pure prick move imo.

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R4gn4r0k

@Stiler: That's the thing with Free 2 Play:

You can spend as much money as you like, if the service host shuts down the game after 2 weeks, all your money and effort are gone.

It's not worth playing F2P games anymore IMO, it's certainly not worth spending any money on them whatsoever, when you have no guarantee of longevity.

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Henry518

@Stiler: So, what? They should just return all the money they gained via the game?

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Stiler

@Henry518: What? No, I didn't say that. What they are referring to are the (few) people who have balances left on their account (as in real money they spent on the games currency) and still have it sitting unused on their account.

It'd literally cost ubisoft NOTHING to transfer this over to store-credit or something. Even if they choose to offer actual refunds, the amount of money is probably tiny since no one plays the game hardly (hence why it's shutting down).

So basically those people that bought currency to spend later on are going to lose something they paid real money for while ubisoft instead of giving them the ability to transfer it (or refund it) like many other companies would do (cause it's not a lot and it's good PR) instead are going to just let those customers lose their money.

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X-RS

@Stiler: Or they could just hold on to their money...

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ElusiveOne

@Stiler: Players still have well over three months to spend the money they have left on something in-game though. If they can't find something to spend it on during that time, they probably never would have used whatever funds were left in their accounts anyway.

I doubt anyone has hundreds of dollars left to spend so it's probably not a big deal to anyone.

That said, I agree a small thank you gift would have been a nice gesture on their part.

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Henry518

@Stiler: Ohhhh, damn now that's just terrible, I had no idea that's how it was. That's just plain low.

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firedrakes

i remember seeing both in beta. did not know they official came out.

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Acillatem1993

Well I played Phantoms when it was still in beta, it was quite a fun game. But it would've been better if I'd played with a premade group than randoms. And also the loot was poor unless you paid for it. Wasn't a bad game other wise.

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smokerob79

game sucked.....it should have shut down a year ago.....