After eighteen months in beta, EA is cancelling its latest MOBA title, Dawngate. Developed by Waystone Games, the DOTA 2/League of Legends challenger will close its doors in 90 days, refunding those who purchased content via micro-transactions.
Neither EA or Waystone have commented on why the publisher is pulling the plug. With that said, expanding into the free-to-play market is dangerous territory, especially when trying to make it big in an already over-populated genre. Still, when shown off at this year’s E3 press conference, the publisher seemed confident that Dawngate would attract a sizeable following, emphasising the MOBA’s focus on a continually growing narrative and lore.
“The game was truly a labor of love,” said Group General Manager, Matt Bromberg, in an official statement. “We’ve got nothing but gratitude for their hard work, and pride about what’s been accomplished.”
This isn’t the first time EA has been forced to shut down an up-and-coming MOBA. Back in 2013, the publisher cancelled unique arena battler, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, after which it then disbanded developer, BioWare Mythic.
With Dawngate effectively done for, it’s hard to see EA taking another punt at the MOBA genre. Even if it did, it’s hard to see former WoH and DG fans throwing themselves behind the publisher’s next online gaming endeavour.