The sun is about to set on EA’s MOBA title. Fans of the Dawngate were given 90 days notice today. After the 90 days are up, Dawngate will be no more.
Matt Bromberg, group general manager, broke the news of Dawngate’s demise. Looks like the official Dawngate website is getting hammered, but you can see the post on Reddit’s Dawngate page.
In it Bromberg writes, “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 MOBA genre is currently being dominated by League of Legends and DOTA 2. Other MOBA titles such as SMITE have found success in the genre, but it’s not easy to pry players away from LoL or DOTA 2. I guess the playerbase wasn’t there for EA to continue supporting it.
Those of you who threw money at it will be getting refunds.
This is EA’s second strike out chasing after big PC titles. Star Wars: The Old Republic eventually went free-to-play after EA tried to get the World of Warcraft money. I enjoyed SWTOR, but many didn’t. Then again, I’ll play almost anything with Star Wars in it.
As for Waystone, the developer of Dawngate? An EA rep tells GameInformer they are trying to find positions for Waystone developers within EA. Translation? Layoffs are coming for some.