Apex Legends Mobile shuts down, Battlefield Mobile canned

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Apex Legends Mobile, the mobile port of the popular battle royale shooter from EA and Respawn, is no longer of this world. EA confirmed today, just eight months after the game’s launch, that the free-to-play offshoot will shut down on May 1, 2023. Also, EA plans the sunset Battlefield Mobile even.

The original Apex Legends– a multiplayer only spin-off of sci-fi FPS titanium fall– was a surprise release on consoles and PC in February 2019 and quickly became a popular entry in the battle royale genre. A few years later, EA and Respawn teased a mobile version of the shooter, and it eventually became published in May last year for iOS and Android. And now you only have 90 days to play it before EA kills the servers.

The message from Apex Legends Mobile‘s shutdown came earlier today, with Respawn explaining that while the game got off to a “strong start,” the “content pipeline” for it had begun to “fall short of the studio’s standards for quality and quantity.” Because of this, Respawn, EA and its mobile “development partner” have decided to shut down Apex Legends.

“While it’s disappointing, we’re proud of the game we’ve launched and grateful for the support of the Apex Legends community and are confident that this is the right decision for players,” Respawn said in an official update on the studio’s website.

Respawn stated that the game will be permanently retired in 90 days, on May 1st, 2023. Respawn will also shut down today mobile phone, mobile phone‘s real money in-game store and remove Apex Legends Mobile from digital shops. The game remains fully playable for the next 90 days. EA and Respawn do not provide refunds for in-game purchases made during the game’s eight-month lifespan.

If you are worried about the future Apex Legends On console and PC, Respawn says the decision to end support for the mobile version of the game is platform-specific and “independent” of the likely more popular console and PC versions.

“As a franchise Apex Legends is strong and we look forward to sharing exciting updates in the future,” said Respawn.

In other EA mobile game news, the company also states quietly announced that it would stop development on the unreleased Battlefield Mobile, stating that “as the industry has evolved,” the publisher’s plans around the long-running Milsim franchise have changed. Instead, it will “pivot” from its current direction to “best execute our vision for the franchise.” EA also confirmed that the next battlefield that the game was already in pre-production and that work continued on the latest game in the series, Battlefield 2042.

VentureBeat reports that at least one studio Battlefield Mobile Developer Industrial Toys, will be closed. That is consistent with what kotaku hears about layoffs affecting the studio behind it Battlefield Mobile. kotaku contacted EA for more information.

Despite the alleged layoff of developers and the closure of a studio, EA also announced today that it spent $320 million on share buybacks this quarter.

https://kotaku.com/apex-legends-mobile-shutdown-ea-respawn-battlefield-1850056170 Apex Legends Mobile shuts down, Battlefield Mobile canned

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