Electronic Arts ceases development of Dawngate

Publisher Electronic Arts had been cooking their first foray into the MOBA genre for over a year. Dawngate was meant to go up against genre juggernauts like Dota 2 and League of Legends; it was even in the midst of an open beta as of May this year. Unfortunately for in-house EA studio Waystone Games, Electronic Arts has decided to cancel the game. The game will remain playable in its open beta form until sometime in February 2015. After that, however, EA will flip the switch on the servers. “We’ve taken a lot of feedback from players and delivered lots of new features and innovations,” group general manager Matt Bromberg said in an official statement on the Dawngate website. “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 for the players who spent money on the game during its beta, EA has promised full refunds. As for the team at Waystone Games, it is unclear what their next project (if any) might be.

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