EA's venture into the world of free-to-play MOBAs has come to an end, for now at least. The company's first crack at the genre with Dawngate will end soon, with the announcement they're shutting the game down.
EA group general manager Matt Bromberg made the announcement on the game's website today, beginning with: 'Today, I have the unenviable task of announcing that we’ve decided to stop development of Dawngate.'
'Whenever we begin a game project, we do so with great hopes and expectations. In this case, we chose to enter a new genre for EA in MOBA, one that we knew going in was extremely competitive,' explained Bromberg.
Dawngate had been in beta since May 2013, and it moved into open beta in May 2014. Bromberg went on to explain the company's decision to shut the game down, saying: 'Dawngate has been in beta for almost 18 months, including a full open beta for the past six months. Through that time, we’ve taken a lot of feedback from players and delivered lots of new features and innovations. And although the game has grown, we’re not seeing the progress we’d hoped for. This isn’t the outcome we wanted, but beta testing is about learning and improving, and ultimately, about making difficult decisions about how to proceed'
The game will continue to be available for the next 90 days, until it's eventually shut down. Any players who've spent money during the beta are entitled to a full refund too.
Bromberg closed off with: 'On behalf of the entire team at Waystone Games and EA, I want once again to thank all our players for being part of this journey. Your straight-up feedback and the friendly reception we received all over the world at events was extremely encouraging and important to us. We appreciate it.'