Electronic Arts has announced that both Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile are shutting down.
Apex Legends Mobile will shut down on May 1, 2023, at 4 pm PST. After that point, the game will no longer be playable. There was no date provided for Battlefield Mobile, but EA said that it will cease development.
Apex Legends Mobile launched in May 2022 and was named last year’s App Store and Google Play game of the year, while Battlefield Mobile was in soft launch.
“Despite Apex Mobile’s strong start, the ongoing experience was not going to meet the expectations of our players,” explained EA in a statement. “After months of working with our development partner, we have made the mutual decision to sunset the mobile game.”
As of today, Apex Legends will be removed from existing storefronts, and all real money in-app purchases will be disabled. However, players can continue to spend their existing Syndicate Gold and continue playing until May 1. This shutdown is specific to the mobile version and will not affect any other platforms. Additionally, no refunds will be provided.
Apex Legends Mobile was developed by a dedicated team at Respawn in conjunction with Tencent’s Lightspeed & Quantum Studios, which is the group of developers behind PUBG Mobile.
As for Battlefield mobile, EA continued in the statement saying “We've also made the decision to stop the development of the current Battlefield mobile title. As the industry has evolved and our strategy to create deeply connected Battlefield ecosystem has taken shape, we decided to pivot from the current direction to best on our vision for the franchise and to meet the expectations of our players.” EA later confirms that pre-production of new Battlefield projects has already begun across multiple studios.
Industrial Toys, a creative team that has made a number of ambitious mobile games and developer of Battlefield mobile is being shut down.
Industrial Toys was founded in January 2012 by former Bungie president Alex Seropian, former Bungie project lead Brent Pease, and Seven Lights co-founder Tim Harris. The company's debut project was Midnight Stars, a first-person sci-fi shooter released in February 2015 for iOS. Battlefield Mobile was Industrial Toys' first and only project under the EA umbrella following the studio's acquisition in July 2018.