Electronic Arts announces shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile and cancellation of Battlefield Mobile
Electronic Arts has announced that it will terminate support for Apex Legends Mobile and cancel Battlefield Mobile prior to its official release.
EA has decided to shut down developer Industrial Toys, led by former Bungie founder and CEO Alex Seropian, acquired by the company in 2018.
Apex Legends Mobile was released in May 2022 and chosen by the App Store and Google Play as the game of the year, while Battlefield took its first steps towards full release. The development comes on the back of EA’s Q3 2022 financial results release in 2023, where it was also announced that Apex Legends Mobile has been canceled and Star Wars: Jedi Survivor has been delayed.
Much like Apex Legends Mobile, Battlefield Mobile was planned to operate separately with no cross-play or cross-progression between it and its PC and console counterparts, and would feature its own unique cosmetics, battle pass seasons, and rewards.
Apex Legends Mobile servers will be shut down on May 1, 2023. In a statement, Respawn said it seeks to bring players consistent productions, but after a strong start, the game began to drop in quality and quantity. It is also cited that the company will not give refunds with virtual currency expenses of the game.
She says that for that reason, she decided to mutually with her partner studio to shut down the mobile game. Although disappointed, she says she is proud of the game launched and appreciates all the support from the apex legends community players and believes she has made the best decision for them.
At Respawn, we aim to provide players with games that are consistently outstanding. Following a strong start, the content pipeline for Apex Legends Mobile has begun to fall short of that bar for quality, quantity, and cadence. It is for this reason, after months of working with our development partner, that we have made the mutual decision to sunset our mobile game. Although disappointing, we are proud of the game we launched, are grateful for the support of the Apex Legends community, and are confident that this is the right decision for players.
Respawn and the Apex Legends team remain excited about mobile as a platform and look forward to new opportunities to serve players there in the future.
In terms of what players can expect from here, today marks the beginning of a ninety (90) day window before we sunset the game. As of 1 PM PST today, January 31st, we will be disabling all real money in app purchases in the game as well as removing the game from webstores. During this period, players can spend their existing Syndicate Gold and continue playing the full game. At 4 PM PDT on May 1st, 2023, we will cease operations in all regions, and the game will no longer be playable.
Apex Legends Mobile was developed by a Respawn team in conjunction with Tencent’s Lightspeed & Quantum Studios, responsible for PUBG Mobile. Just like Apex Legends on console and PC, the title is free-to-play and does not feature paid items that would offer gameplay advantages, despite having its own battle pass with cosmetic collectibles.
In the case of Battlefield Mobile, EA says the industry has evolved and its strategy to create a connected Battlefield ecosystem has taken shape, which has led the company to give up the mobile version to deliver something better for players.
Answers to FAQ for Gamers affected
What will happen to my in-game purchases?
- All of your purchases will remain in your account for you to enjoy until 4 PM PDT on May 1, 2023.
What will happen to my in-game virtual currency?
- Your existing in-game virtual currency balances will persist in your account and can be spent on in-game content between now and 4 PM PDT on May 1, 2023. You’ll be able to enjoy all previously purchased and unlocked in-game content throughout the ninety (90) day sunset period as well.
Can I get a refund?
- We will not be providing refunds for real money purchases, per the terms of the EA User Agreement. For any other refund requests, please contact the third party platform you purchased game content from, e.g. the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
When will servers go down?
- Servers will cease operation at 4 PM PDT on May 1, 2023.
What will happen to the Apex Legends Mobile Webstore, and Apex Legends Mobile content offered for sale on third-party Web Stores?
- The Apex Legends Mobile Web Store will no longer be accessible, and all game content sales on third-party web stores will no longer be available.
What does this mean for Apex Legends on other platforms?
- This decision for Apex Legends Mobile is platform-specific, and is independent of the game on PC and Consoles. As a franchise, Apex Legends is strong and we’re looking forward to sharing exciting updates in the future.
More Information ℹ
- Apex Legends™ Mobile Update | 1/31/2023
- Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY23 Financial Results