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EA Cancels Its MOBA Experiment, Dawngate

This also might be the first time you're hearing about Dawngate.

There might not be a more competitive space than MOBAs right now, and while Electronic Arts gave the genre a legitimate shot with Dawngate, it's pulling the plug. Dawngate will officially shut down in 90 days.

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EA was pretty open with Dawngate's development, having managed a lengthy 18-month beta period. The last six months, however, were open to everyone.

"Whenever we begin a game project, we do so with great hopes and expectations," said group general manager Matt Bromberg on EA's blog. "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."

Anyone who spent money during Dawngate's beta period will be refunded in the next coming days. If you don't have payment information currently entered, updating that will help EA timely process your refund.

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