As they arrived, they are now leaving. In just the first month of 2023 we’ve seen the announcement of the shutting down of several live service games of all kinds of publishers. Their closing points at a major problem for these kinds of titles: their life span. Preservation is becoming a difficult goal to attain. Here’s some of the titles that revealed they’re ending their services in just these few weeks.
Electronic Arts and their mobile licenses
Apex Legends Mobile barely managed to capture the attention of mobile players as an alternative to the PC and console version. Battlefield Mobile didn’t manage to do so either, since it was still in the process of making its way over to other places besides the asian market. So, Electronic Arts decided to give them the ax.
The reasons weren’t precisely revealed, but Respawn Entertainment did mention that their game began to dip below what was expected in quality, quantity, and frequency of releases after they had a good start. About Battlefield Mobile, they’ve said that there was a change of strategy about how the “Battlefield ecosystem” should be like.
CrossfireX, one year of Xbox goodness
A slim statement in CrosffireX’s official FAQ was pretty direct: the game is shutting down on May 18. The free to play shooter by Smilegate didn’t have a strong start, and the game’s quality ended up not being what the community was expecting.
What’s more surprising about this closure is that it’ll affect both single player campaigns. Remedy Entertainment’s work will no longer be accessible after the game shuts down.
Knockout City began under EA’s publishing, but eventually made its way to becoming independent. It’s nine seasons weren’t enough for Velan Studios to keep their extreme dodgeball game going. Still, it’s lasted for more than what CrossfireX did: almost two years.