July 24, 2024

EA To shut down Apex Legends Mobile

Electronic Arts (EA) is shutting down Apex Legends: Mobile, less than a year after the game was officially released, on May 1st 2023.

The company has also announced the cancellation of Battlefield Mobile, which was in production. VentureBeat also reports that EA Industrial Toys, the studio behind Battlefield Mobile, is being shuttered.

What’s intriguing here is that Apex Legends Mobile was the 2022 iPhone Game of the Year by Apple and Google Play’s Best Game Award by both user’s and editorial’s choice.

It has seemingly surprised a lot of mobile content creators around the game who were signed to orgs like TSM and Tribe Gaming.

EA mentioned they will not be refunding players from purchases they’ve made and won’t continue to run the servers so players won’t be able to play Apex Legends Mobile at all after May.

For reference, this comes after EA’s quarterly earnings where revenue from mobile dropped ~8% from the previous quarter.

In a blog post, the studio remained positive about “mobile as a platform” and will “look forward to new opportunities to serve players there in the future.”

It said “From this day, users will still have access to the game for 90 more days. However, players will not be able to make any in-app purchases that involve real money while users can spend their existing Syndicate Gold and play the game without any issue.