Electronic Arts (EA), one of the largest video game publishers in the world, has recently announced the shutdown of both Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile. This news has come as a surprise to many gamers, who have been eagerly waiting for the release of these mobile versions of two of the most popular games in the industry. The shutdown of these two games is a significant development, and it is important to understand the reasons behind this decision. In this article, we will delve into the details of the shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile, the reasons behind this decision, and what the future holds for these two games.
You may see the announcement post regarding the topic in the tweet below.
We have made the decision to sunset Apex Legends Mobile.
We're sure you have a lot of questions. For more information on where things are at currently, including an FAQ, please read the blog below.https://t.co/Yjr4EOJnTq pic.twitter.com/4k3dGzOL12
— Respawn (@Respawn) January 31, 2023
Apex Legends Mobile was one of the most anticipated mobile games of the year, with fans eagerly waiting for its release. The game was developed by Tencent subsidiary, Lightspeed Studios, in collaboration with EA. However, despite a strong start, the game was not able to meet the expectations of players and thus, EA has decided to sunset the mobile game on May 1, 2023, at 4 pm PST.
After this time, the game will no longer be playable, and all real money in-app purchases will be disabled. However, players can continue to spend their existing Syndicate Gold and continue playing until May 1. This shutdown is specific to the mobile version and will not affect any other platforms. Additionally, no refunds will be provided.
So this is your last chance to try these amazing mobile games. You may download them from the links below.
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Why is EA Games shutting down Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile?
In a statement, EA explained the reasons behind the shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile. “Despite Apex Mobile’s strong start, the ongoing experience was not going to meet the expectations of our players. After months of working with our development partner, we have made the mutual decision to sunset the mobile game.” The statement further went on to say that “there is a level of immersion and complexity to Apex gameplay in particular which is very much what Apex is about – verticality of gameplay and team-based play – that didn’t translate quite as well to mobile devices as we had hoped.”
On the earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson offered an additional sentence in his prepared remarks that speaks to the possible future of Apex Legends on mobile.
“We have learned a great deal [from Apex Legends Mobile] and have plans to reimagine a connected Apex Mobile experience in the future.”.
-EA CEO Andrew Wilson
This indicates that EA may bring Apex Legends back to mobile in some format, but without Apex Legends Mobile’s development partner, Tencent subsidiary, and PUBG Mobile maker Lightspeed Studios.
There are three main reasons behind the shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile
Later in the call, Wilson gave a much more in-depth answer as to why it shut down Apex Legends Mobile. He cited three main reasons.
The first was related to gameplay. Wilson said that “there is a level of immersion and complexity to Apex gameplay in particular which is very much what Apex is about – verticality of gameplay and team-based play – that didn’t translate quite as well to mobile devices as we had hoped. I think we learned a great deal from that.”
For the second reason, Wilson said that while Apex Legends Mobile was engaging core players and had initially attracted new users, it “didn’t retain the more casual user at the rate that we needed it to, and in a game that relies a lot on team play and competitive play, liquidity of the overall player base is important as you think about the future experience for players over time.”
Finally, Wilson cited an especially challenging mobile market with “changing player personalities” making it difficult to gain a foothold. However, he reiterated EA’s interest in circling back to Apex on mobile, albeit with a different approach. “The biggest new launches that are seeing the most success are the ones that are deeply connected to the broader franchise where there’s not always cross-play but certainly cross-progression and the feeling that they’re part of a single unified community and a single
We are truly saddened by the shutdown decisions of these great battle royale games. Mobile games are a big part of the gaming community today, and both games were a hit at the time of their release, and fans are as upset as we are.