EA kills Apex Legends Mobile, won’t offer refunds

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Apex Legends Mobile will permanently shut down later this year, EA have announced. There will be no chicken dinner for the smartphone spin-off when it goes offline on May 1, 2023, less than a year after its original launch.

The game has now entered its uneasy “sunsetting” period. Real-money purchases have now been disabled, giving players 90 days to spend their in-game credits. However, EA confirmed that they will not be giving refunds on microtransactions.

Despite a positive reception from critics, Respawn Entertainment and EA are preparing to axe the battle royale shooter, likely due to dwindling player numbers. Here’s what they said in an official statement:

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.”

In our Apex Legends Mobile review, we scored the mobile adaptation a solid 8 out of 10:

Apex Legends Mobile does a fantastic job of converting one of the biggest, and for my money the best, battle royale shooter to smartphone. A great batch of characters are included to start, it’s comprehensive in the modes it supports, and does a decent job of converting the gameplay to work with touch controls. More than that, it makes sensible gameplay tweaks and introduces a number of mobile-specific features and improvements.

This is the latest in an ever-growing conga line of culled live service video games. In case you missed it, EA is also shutting down Battlefield Mobile, while other publishers have been a bit more gung ho, namely Square Enix. The Japanese publisher has killed off online services for a number of titles including Chocobo GP, Babylon’s Fall, and Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, with Marvel’s Avengers due to shut down later in 2023.

Source: EA

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