Electronic Arts’ MOBA project Dawngate is being shut down following a year’s closed beta and six months of an open beta.
The reason for killing the title is that it was not showing the progress that the publisher had hoped for through its beta phase.
’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,’ said EA group general manager Matt Bromberg. ’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.’
Any players who have spent money on the free-to-play game will be offered a full refund that will be processed in the next 10 days and Dawngate itself will continue running for the next three months.
Bromberg acknowledges that the Dawngate project was initially ambitious with the standard for a MOBA being incredibly high and the competition consisting of League of Legends and DOTA 2, two of the most played games in the industry at present. He also considered that Dawngate ’truly pushed the genre forward in many ways’.
The closed beta for Dawngate launched in May 2013 and the open beta had been running since May of this year. No statement has been made as to what the game’s developers at Waystone Games will do following the closure, although Bromberg did state that EA had ‘nothing but gratitude’ for their efforts.