Respawn Entertainment has posted a surprising announcement on their official Twitter account saying that they have decided to sunset Apex Legends Mobile on May 1.
The reveal comes as a shock to the community since the mobile FPS title had already won multiple awards and had only been released less than a year ago. According to the developer’s full statement, the main reason for the game’s premature closure is because it has begun to fall short of the bar they set for quality, quantity, and cadence.
They go on to note that today marks the beginning of a 90-day window before the game is fully shut down. As of January 31, 2023 at 1 PM PST, Respawn Entertainment has disabled all real money in-app purchases and has also removed the game from webstores. During this period, however, existing players can still participate in matches and spend their remaining Syndicate Gold within the in-game shop.
Unfortunately, once the end date of May 1 comes around, users will no longer be able to play and the items that were purchased will also be fully removed. Based on the developer’s FAQ portion, they “will not be providing refunds for real money purchases, per the terms of the EA User Agreement.”
Although most people were predictably astonished at the news, some are understandably angry about the developer’s refusal to provide refunds to those that spent large amounts of money on the game. It becomes even more questionable since a Lunar Bundle Pack had only recently been released in celebration of Chinese New Year, which many players had already bought.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Respawn Entertainment is planning on changing their minds any time soon since their refund policy may have been explicitly stated with the user agreement that players signed before joining the game.