End of dawn: EA’s MOBA Dawngate canceled


Surprisingly, or perhaps not so given the highly competitive and crowded MOBA arena (pun intended), Electronic Arts has just pulled the plug on its free-to-play game Dawngate. The MOBA was in open beta and the cancellation comes 18 months after the original announcement. Players are able to enjoy it for 90 days and then the servers will be turned off.

The reasons for the cancellation are related to not seeing enough progress, as Waystone’s Matt Bromberg said: “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 development at Waystone is getting the worst part of the deal, being dissolved by Electronic Arts, which will try to relocate the employees in other EA studios.

Dawngate wasn’t shaping up to be a bad game, but the ruthless competition (mostly League of Legends and Dota 2) and the obvious comparisons with Riot Games’ blockbuster led to what we believe is a lack of playerbase and consequently the decision to cease development. Probably the first of many MOBAs to go down during the next couple of years.


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  • Sir Dingus

    Hopefully the first of many. Sucks for the guys that worked on it and hope hey have more success in the future, but I’m not sad to see a moba go.

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    • RoPhoenix

      It actually wasn’t a bad game at all if you played it. I played it sense the closed beta and was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. One sad thing is the fact that a lot of people are stuck on particular games an are quick to shy away from others. I think the moba genre is going to continue to grow, it only makes sense. Look at how many fps, mmmorpgs, and rts games there are in those genres. I think it’s great because not everyone is going to like Dota 2 or League of Legends (which I am a fan of both games). Another sad part like you said is the people may have lost their jobs due to the games lack of success.

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  • Longg

    So what happens to my time and effort that was put into the game? Are they going to offer any compensation And what about the money people put into the game?

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    • freemmostation

      No time and effort from any player, especially in a free game, deserves any compensation 😐 Most games, if not all, have a clause in the user agreement saying that the service may eventually end.

      As for those that spent money on Dawngate, there’s this:

      “All players will be entitled to a full refund of any money spent during the beta. For most players, we’ll process those refunds within the next 10 days. If we don’t have current payment information on file for you, we’ll need to reach out first before initiating the refund. If you have any questions, you can reach us at help.ea.com.”

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  • Darren

    moba games are easily fed up by players because they dont offer much variety like the map is just the same again and again.

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