Apex Legends Mobile is being shut down by Respawn Entertainment less than a year after its initial release.
The announcement was made in a blog post on the company’s website and confirmed that the shutdown would be effective on May 1, 2023. The 90-day window starting today is being given to players to wrap up their in-game activities before the mobile version of Apex Legends is officially terminated.
“We have made the painful decision to sunset Apex Legends Mobile. This decision does not come with ease. Factors beyond our control have prevented us from maintaining the high-quality experience and content that our players deserve,” Respawn said.
“As a result, the game will sunset on May 1, 2023 at 4pm PDT after which it will no longer be playable. Our gratitude to our players and teams for joining us on Apex Legends Mobile, even if for a short while, is unending. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
In the blog post, Respawn explained the reasons behind the decision to shut down the mobile version of Apex Legends. The company stated that it strives to provide players with consistently outstanding games and that, unfortunately, the content pipeline for Apex Legends Mobile had fallen short of the bar for quality, quantity, and cadence. Respawn further explained that, after months of working with its development partner, it was a mutual decision to sunset the mobile game.
“At Respawn, we aim to provide players with games that are consistently outstanding. Following a strong start, the content pipeline for Apex Legends Mobile has begun to fall short of that bar for quality, quantity, and cadence,” Respawn said.
“It is for this reason, after months of working with our development partner, that we have made the mutual decision to sunset our mobile game. Although disappointing, we are proud of the game we launched, are grateful for the support of the Apex Legends community, and are confident that this is the right decision for players.”
Apex Legends Mobile made its debut on May 17, 2022, featuring unique content such as the Legends Rhapsody and Fade, alongside classic maps and weapons from the original Apex Legends game. Despite the disheartening news, Respawn expressed its appreciation for the support of the Apex Legends community and stressed that the shutdown was in the best interest of players.
The shutdown of Apex Legends Mobile has been met with disappointment and frustration by many players, who have invested time and money into the mobile version of the game. However, Respawn has emphasized its love for the Apex universe and its players and has expressed its hope that the shutdown will not deter players from exploring the Apex Legends universe further.
“Our love for the Apex universe and our players remains unchanged,” the statement read.
“We look forward to exploring this universe, its characters, and its stories along with you. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate these next steps.”
According to Respawn, no reimbursements will be offered for any transactions made using real money within Apex Mobile, in accordance with the EA User Agreement. To clarify any questions or concerns players may have regarding the shutdown, the company has also published a FAQ in its blog post.