Developing a new MOBA in an era when the market is dominated by 2 big and warring titles takes its toll as EA Games announces its Dawngate shutdown.
Electronic Arts announced just today that their upcoming MOBA title, who is currently in OBT will start the 90-day shutdown phase, calling it quits on the development. Electronic Arts group GM, and overseer of Waystone studios, Matt Bromberg states that “although the game has grown, we’re not seeing the progress we’d hoped for” and “This isn’t the outcome we wanted“, the full statement, posted on the Dawngate website, reads as follows:
“Today, I have the unenviable task of announcing that we’ve decided to stop development of Dawngate.
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.”
As part of the shutdown, EA also states that players who have invested their money through Dawngate’s in-game purchases or micro-transactions will be refunded in full. Dawngate is EA’s take on the MOBA genre with the tagline “Break the meta”, aiming to break away from the traditional MOBA setup, although it did not make much news during its announcement, it had a dedicated community supporting the game, which also hoped for it to reach its fruition, and is currently devastated by this announcement.