Respawn Entertainment has announced that their award-winning mobile game, Legend of Apex Mobile, will no longer be playable as of May 1st, just a year after launch. The announcement was made via Twitter, with a link to question and answer section on the EA website.
This announcement comes as a surprise as Apex Mobile has become increasingly popular. It made $5 million in the first week after launch and beat the competition in both App Store Award and Google Play Best Award 2022. Respawn’s tweet is a bit vague, but the Q&A on EA’s website explains a bit more.
“After a strong start, the content system for Apex Legends Mobile has begun to fall short of that standard in terms of quality, quantity, and rhythm,” reads the publisher’s statement. “It is for this reason that, after many months of working with our development partners, we have made the joint decision to decommission our mobile game.”
Recent decision to push back the release of Season 4 over a month has led some players to consider it an odd choice, but arguably very few players expect the game itself to end in a death box – let alone this soon. when released.
“In terms of what players can expect from here, today marks the beginning of the ninety (90) day period before we end the game,” the statement on the website continued. As of today, all in-app purchases with real money will be removed (i.e. you can no longer buy Syndicate Coins) and the game itself will be removed from the App Store and Google Play Store, making it Not available for download. Every Syndicate Gold player currently in possession can be spent until the shutdown on May 1 at 4 p.m. PDT, when the game will be shut down in all regions.”
The statement confirms that no refunds will be issued and that all in-game content will no longer be available as of May 1. In-game currency can still be used until the game is over. play stopped working in May. But despite this sudden announcement, the developer reassured players that this has nothing to do with the PC and console version of Apex, which is “in strong development”. The the fate of mobile-specific legends alike Fade and epic remains to be seen. It’s also unclear if Season 4 will actually launch. Apex Legends isn’t the only mobile game to get the ax today – EA has also announced that Battlefield Mobile, which has yet to fully launch, has also been cancelled.
The announcement on EA’s website ends with a hint that this may not be the last time players see Apex Legends when it comes to mobile gaming, with the developers saying “Respawn and the team” Apex Legends remains excited about the mobile platform and looks forward to new opportunities to serve players there in the future.”
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