Apex Legends Mobile, the mobile port of the popular Battle Royale shooter from EA and Respawn, isn’t long for this world. EA confirmed today, just eight months after the game’s launch, that the free-to-play branch will be shutting down on May 1, 2023. Additionally, EA plans to shut down operations. battlefield mobile also.
the original Apex Legends-a multiplayer-only sci-fi FPS spin-off Titanfall– was launched as a surprise on consoles and PC in February 2019 and quickly became a popular entry into the battle royale genre. A few years later, EA and Respawn teased a mobile version of the shooter, and it was finally released in May last year for iOS and Android. And now you only have 90 days to play it before EA kills the servers.
The news of Apex Legends MobileThe shutdown happened earlier in the day, with Respawn explaining that while the game had a “good start”, the “content pipeline” had begun to “fall below” the studio’s bar in terms of quality and quantity. For this reason, Respawn, EA and its mobile “developer partner” have decided to shut down Apex Legends.
“While disappointing, we are proud of the game we launched, we are grateful for the support of the Apex Legends community, and are confident that this is the right decision for gamers,” Respawn said in an official update on the studio’s website.
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Respawn explained that in 90 days, May 1, 2023, the game will completely shut down for good. Today, Respawn is also closing its doors. Mobilefrom the real money in-game store and deletion Apex Legends Mobile digital stores. The game will remain fully playable for the next 90 days. EA and Respawn will not provide refunds for in-game purchases made during the eight months of the game.
If you are worried about the future of Apex Legends On console and PC, Respawn says the decision to end support for the mobile version of the game is specific to that platform and is “independent” of the presumably more popular console and PC versions.
“As a franchisee, Apex Legends is solid and we look forward to sharing exciting updates in the future,” said Respawn.
In other EA mobile games news, the company has also quietly announced that it was ceasing development on the unreleased battlefield mobile, stating that “as the industry has evolved”, the publisher’s plans for the long-running milsim franchise have changed. Instead, it will “pivot” from its current direction in order to “best realize our vision for the franchise.” EA has also confirmed that the next Battlefield was already in pre-production and work was continuing on the latest game in the series, Battlefield 2042.
VentureBeat reports that at least one studio, battlefield mobile developer Industrial Toys, will shut down. This is consistent with what Kotaku hears about layoffs affecting the studio behind battlefield mobile. Kotaku contacted EA for more information.
Although it reportedly fired developers and closed a studio, EA also announced today that he spent $320 million on stock buybacks this trimester.