Dawngate: Bent Out of Shape - Going Offline in 90 Days

11/05/2014 05:02 am by Marcel Wuttig in NewsDownload GamesMOBA



Sometimes, we come into the office to be totally taken off guard by certain news in the free-to-play gaming industry. This one was certainly one of them! It seems like Electronic Arts’ and Waystone Games’ MOBA didn’t quite shape up (last pun, we promise) to be what the publisher and development studio had anticipated. In an official press release, Matt Bromberg, Group General Manager at Electronic Arts announced that Dawngate will be taken offline in merely 90 days. Why, you ask? Here are the official reasons and our own thoughts...

According to the official press release, after 18 months of beta testing, Dawngate had not turned into the innovative game experience that the studio behind the online game had planned. It was a first for Electronic Arts, delving into the MOBA genre. Everyone was aware that this was a highly competitive branch in online gaming and it got the better of them.
We believe that the free-to-play MOBA, while having a high production value, constant new content, and an invested and motivated team, was not unique enough to stand out of the bunch. Launching a new MOBA nowadays is virtually impossible in our opinion when the game itself doesn’t set itself apart enough from genre veterans such as Dota 2 or (naturally) League of Legends. It would need a new concept like in Smite (different control scheme, point of view, and a focus on gods as champions) to catch players' interest. We believe that merely promising to break the meta is far too vague to actually hook many players and not enough to lure them away from one of the games mentioned above.

Dawngate players will be refunded within the next 10 days for any money spent during beta. 

Source: Official game homepage
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