EA has announced the cancellation of Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile, as well as the closure of developer Industrial Toys, which was working on the latter game.
News of the cancellations came alongside EA’s latest financial results, with the publisher saying it had opted to end development on Apex Legends Mobile, which thrown out last May – because the “ongoing experience was not going to meet the expectations of our players”.
HAS separate statement by Apex Legends studio Respawn Entertainment shed a little more light on the concerns surrounding the game’s development, saying, “Our goal is to provide players with games that are consistently outstanding. After a strong start, the pipeline of content for Apex Legends Mobile has started to drop.” below that bar of quality, quantity and rate”.
“It is for this reason,” the statement continued, “after months of working with our development partner [PUBG Mobile developer Lightspeed and Quantum Studios]that we have made a mutual decision to cancel our mobile game.”
As a result, Apex Legends Mobile will officially shut down on May 1 of this year. However, the game will be removed from stores and all real money in-app purchases will be disabled starting today. In stark contrast to Today’s Rumbleverse Shutdown AnnouncementEA will not refund any real money purchases made by players, citing the terms of their User Agreement.
Regarding EA’s decision to end development of Battlefield Mobile, the publisher explained“As the industry has evolved and our strategy to create a deeply connected Battlefield ecosystem has taken shape, we decided to change our current direction to better meet our vision for the franchise and meet the expectations of our players.”
The news of Battlefield Mobile’s cancellation was accompanied by confirmation that its developer, Industrial Toys, which was acquired by EA in 2018, will be shutting down. Industrial Toys was founded by Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian in 2012 and created a number of mobile-focused shooters, including Midnight Star, prior to the EA purchase. the study was Revealed will be working on Battlefield Mobile in 2022. EA has yet to say how many employees will lose their jobs as a result of its decision to shut down Industrial Toys.