Another earnings call, Apex Legends Mobile is shuttering. At this point, it feels like we’ve seen it all before. And whether it’s a game you played and enjoyed, or not, it’s still a sting to the industry.
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 is sunsetting this May
You read that correctly, one of the big news items to break out of today’s call is that Respawn Entertainment and EA say that Apex Legends Mobile will be shutting down permanently in May 2023. Servers and all gameplay will be shut down at 7 PM that day. Today’s blog post reads in part:
“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.”
This a simple statement for a game that spawned from a still very successful online battle royale. On consoles and PC, Apex Legends sees continuous updates and is often considered to be among the most played in its genre each “season.” Likely one of the looming questions on the minds of those who play these games is the potential refunds. Well, EA squashed that hope:
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.
While both EA and Respawn are surely disappointed that the mobile version will be closing shop, let’s hope this doesn’t force any workers to pack up their desks. We’ve had enough of that in recent months.
Apex Legends Mobile had some time to grow, but it’s possible it just didn’t grow fast enough. Apex Legends Mobile soft-launched in February 2022, then hit Android and iOS devices in a 1.0 release in May.
This isn’t the only title to be cancelled today as EA also announced Battlefield Mobile is no longer launching.
Citing the industry continuing to evolve, EA is refocusing how the Battlefield franchise operates and they have decided to move away from the mobile version. The publisher commented that it “remains committed to unlocking Battlefield’s enormous potential,” while it continues to tinker away with Battlefield 2042 and future entries into the franchise.
All of today’s news is part of EA’s Q3 2023 earnings release, where it was announced that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor would now launch on April 28th.