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Ubisoft closing four free-to-play games on PC

Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Might & Magic Duel of Champions, Endwar Online and Ghost Recon Phantoms

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Ubisoft is closing the servers for three free-to-play games by the end of October, and a fourth by the end of the year, the games all said last week through official channels..

Closing down Oct. 25 is The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Might & Magic Duel of Champions and Tom Clancy's Endwar Online go offline Oct. 31, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms will be shuttered on Dec. 1.

All real-money sales have stopped in each game; however, in-game shops will remain open so players can exhaust their remaining balances and buy in-game items with virtual currencies until the games are taken offline.

The closures mean not only the games are taken offline, but also their websites, forums and social media channels.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms was a third-person, tactical shooter MMO that launched in spring 2014 after a beta period stretching the preceding two years. At one point a Wii U version was discussed, but the game appeared only for Windows PC.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, a real-time strategy game by Ubisoft Montreal, made its full launch in February 2015, though it had been available to players as early as June 2013 through a closed beta and Steam Early Access release.

Tom Clancy's Endwar Online was announced in the late summer of 2013, went through a closed beta last September, and fully launched in February.

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, an online card game, launched in November 2013. All four games were for Windows PC; in all cases, declining user base and/or interest in the game was cited as the reason for closure.