EA Announces Shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile Less Than A Year After Launch
Heads up mobile gamers, Apex Legends Mobile is shutting down soon.
Publisher Electronic Arts (EA) and developer Respawn Entertainment made the announcement on Tuesday, 31 January, letting players know that they have until 4PM PDT on 1 May, 2023 to play the game before its servers cease operations for good. The announcement comes less than a year after the free-to-play battle royale shooter hit iOS and Android after first releasing on PC and consoles.
"Following a strong start, the content pipeline for Apex Legends Mobile has begun to fall short of that bar for quality, quantity, and cadence," said Respawn Entertainment in a development update post. "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."
Respawn Entertainment developed the game on consoles and PC, but Tencent and Lightspeed were the ones who worked on the mobile port.
The game has already been delisted from the Play Store and the App Store. The in-game store has also been disabled, preventing players from making further transactions using real money. Those who still have unspent in-game currency can use them now while the game is still playable. Respawn, however, noted that it won't be providing refunds for any purchases using real money, as per the EA User Agreement.
The decision to shut down Apex Legends Mobile is independent of the game's PC and console counterparts, which means players on those versions can continue to enjoy the game without worry.
Apex Legends Mobile launched in May 2022 after multiple regional betas and a delay of the limited launch.
EA also announced that it’s not moving forward with Battlefield Mobile and is closing down the development studio behind the game, Industrial Toys. The game hasn’t even been released yet, having only been tested in select regional markets.
EA and Respawn Entertainment announced Apex Legends Mobile is shutting down on 4PM PDT on 1 May, 2023.
The announcement comes less than a year after the free-to-play battle royale shooter hit iOS and Android after first releasing on PC and consoles.
The game has already been delisted from the Play Store and the App Store, and the in-game store has been disabled.