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'We’re not seeing the progress we’d hoped for'

EA cancels MOBA game Dawngate

EA has cancelled MOBA Dawngate six months after the open beta was launched.

Group GM Matt Bromberg said the title, which has been in beta for 18 months in total, had not attracted the number of users the publisher had hoped for and as a result development on the game would stop.

The title will continue to be live for the next 90 days and all players will be entitled to a refund on money spent during the beta.

It is not currently clear what will happen to the Waystone Games team following the project’s cancellation.

"Whenever we begin a game project, we do so with great hopes and expectations," said Bromberg.

"In this case, we chose to enter a new genre for EA in MOBA, one that we knew going in was extremely competitive. We built a game in Dawngate that wasn’t simply a clone of existing MOBAs, but one that truly pushed the genre forward in many ways. 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."

MOBA games have proven hugely popular in recent years, attracting millions of users for titles such as Riot Games’ League of Legends and Valve’s DOTA 2, the latter of which is consistently the most played game on Steam. Despite its popularity, EA has been unable to make similar inroads in the genre.

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