That was quick as four days after Ubisoft laid out a lawsuit against Apple and Google for a mobile Rainbow Six Siege clone, developer Ejoy decided to shut down Area F2 as of yesterday (May 20).
The news from both the lawsuit and the latest update comes from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad who posted it on Twitter. In the post, it discloses that if anyone spent money when playing Area F2 is eligible for a refund; you just need to follow the guidelines for Google Play or the App Store, depending on which platform you used.
Well. I guess that's how this all ends then.
That being said, Area F2 was fairly impressive overall and continues to show there is growing opportunity for core game experiences to work on mobile just like Fortnite / COD Mobile etc… https://t.co/KWuy8KvtLJ pic.twitter.com/UEbiDlLUyi
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 20, 2020
If you enjoyed your time with Area F2 until it was shut down, then don’t worry, it appears the developers are not giving up on it or you. In a Facebook post, it reveals that it will go under a rework to avoid any legal issues with Ubisoft. We will have to see what artwork or gameplay changes occur after some development time goes by.
“Thank you for your support of Area F2,” the statement reads. “We are carrying out improvements to Area F2 in order to deliver a better experience to players. Thus, we will terminate the service of the current version at 12:00 PM on 20 May 2020 (GMT+0).”
Ubisoft issued its lawsuit based on similarities between its tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege and Area F2. The studio used the mobile game’s victory, and character select screens are its prime examples for how it was a “near carbon copy” of its game.