Dragon Age Legends shutting down

Electronic Arts closing Facebook and Google Plus game's servers on June 18, says social spin-off didn't make enough revenue to sustain itself.

Electronic Arts will shut down the Facebook and Google Plus game Dragon Age Legends on June 18, the company revealed on the project's official website recently. EA said the "unfortunate reality" of the situation is that Dragon Age Legends does not generate enough revenue to justify keeping the servers online.

Dragon Age Legends is going dark next month.

As detailed on the game's website, players are no longer able to purchase additional Dragon Age Legends in-game currency, called crowns. Users with crowns left over can spend them on a "massive fire sale" EA is holding on all items in the game's store, though any remaining balance after June 18 will not be transferable to future BioWare social products.

Though Dragon Age Legends will be removed from Facebook and Google Plus on June 18, BioWare will offer a free, downloadable version of the game at www.DragonAgeLegends.com. This version of the game will allow users to continue to play Dragon Age Legends in a single-player, offline mode.

Dragon Age Legends was developed by EA2D, which recently became a part of the BioWare label, with the studio being renamed BioWare San Francisco. The game launched in March 2011, is part of EA's Play4Free label, and helped push the division to 25 million total users.

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dg3215
dg3215

I tried this for five minutes and cried.. Oddly a rep from ea came to my house to collect my tears.

Eraldus
Eraldus

Hopefully, Failware and EleTROLLic Arts will take the hint and will start to get they act together...

JakeX28
JakeX28

Well I've never even heard of this before so I guess I can understand why this wasn't successful...

firehawk998
firehawk998

Eh I am not surprised by the announcement of this news. You see when you have an IP that was originally created to be a spiritual successor to Baldurs Gate you cannot dumb it down to attract new players. When you do that you alienate people who sticked with the old games(DA : O) and were loyal fans. Also at the same time you cannot attract new people since even the dumb downed RPG mechanics would still confuse them. DAL was a social experiment and it failed and also DA2 bioware really really tried to appeal to everyone and well you know how that ended. It will take a huge miracle for me to get even interested for the upcoming DA3.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I hope the fate of DA Legends teaches EA that socializing as many games as possible is not the way to profitability. Some games are social; others are clearly not. I wonder if the off-line version of DAL will still unlock stuff in DA2?

consoleclassix
consoleclassix

I refuse support EA, Blizzard, and Ubisoft companies because ruin our gaming experiences. I have some PC games from Blizzard, EA, Ubisoft and ruin my experiences. I will not buy again from worst companies. I will seek in other companies which had best support. Right now, I interest in Minecraft and RPG games like Ys Tales, Final Fantasy, Spellforce, etc. Not forget new game is Starbound look like Terraria! Terraria is stopped update. Weird things. 

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Star Wars the Old Republic is a game cancellation just waiting to happen.  I warned everyone about it during the beta.  EA has a history of cancelling not only every MMO they have ever released, but all their online services that are no longer current.  Example, in the past couple of months it has become no longer possible to import a face into either Fight Night 4, or Fifa 10, or even Fifa World Cup - you can no longer play the World Cup of Fifa online even though there won't be another real World Cup for a couple of years.

 

"MMO's" of significance that were cancelled, include Earth & Beyond, Need For Speed Motor City and even The Sims Online!

 

That's why you should enjoy SWToR while you can, because it's gonna be going bye bye before Christmas.

 

Dragon Age Legends was a great facebook game, I never bought anything though and was content to play it to unlock the Dragon Age II stuff.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Didn't make enough for EA... But i'll bet it was making enough for a small company... Perhaps large publishers should stay out of cheap games.

Eraldus
Eraldus

Now imagine if Blizzard shuts down their D3 server... And before you flame me and say "it will never happen!", you better pray for that.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

As much as DA-legends was the sort of stupid experiment that should never have been tried in the first place, anyone who was foolish enough to have spent money in/on it has now basically had their money stolen by EA, its why EA can no longer be trusted with any online services including Origin I mean a few years down the line you won't be able to play mass effect 3 because they'll have shut off the validation servers. DA legends was garbage but what happens when they call time on a game you actually want to play.

cyberarmy
cyberarmy

Good riddance, now EA/Bioware please return to making games instead of cashing cows.

 

tittu47
tittu47

DA-legends is a lame game..I expected more from a game carrying that title...

 

kakotan
kakotan

i played this when DA2 came out then i saw how bad DA2 was and stoped playing it, 

staranise
staranise

dragon age legends what? oh...this was game? closed down? good. I`m in a good mood and news like these puts a smile on my face. here I hope this puts you in a good mood too: http://youtu.be/CpeRk1YFn8s

BahamutZERO
BahamutZERO

Played a little bit of it and I have to agree it was really boring, nothing like original DA

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Good riddance, it was a horrible, boring, time-wasting game that took too long to accomplish anything, and was obviously designed to bilk you out of your money.  Even moreso than other facebook games.  Its designed screamed "EA".

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

too bad if anyone DOES actually play it (does anyone?)

badiie05
badiie05

I played this for a while... was not fun. I love dragon age but when they are concentrating on DA web series/movies, comics and apps I can't help but to think that it's slowing down the production for DA3!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Only surprised it took this long. The people playing Farmville *shakes head* don't care about good games like Dragon Age. The people that play good games like Dragon Age don't care about playing games on facebook or any of those things. 

 

Companies need to stop trying to ride cash cows and just make good games.

roleplayer2004
roleplayer2004

People are sick of being ripped off and the average gamer have finally figured out that MMORPG are a scam. I remember playing WoW for a couple of hours back in 2006 and I realised very quickly the genre was prostitute.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

One can only pray that EA shuts down next...

Frost259
Frost259

shocking... *sarcasm* Next up SWTOR.

MikeDrawsALot
MikeDrawsALot

The art in Legends was really very good (I'd quite like to see BioWare do more cartoony looking games) BUT it was difficult to play this game. You played a few levels which was fine, but then you had to wait 5 hours or more to carry on playing the game. After all that waiting, well, it was hard to get THAT invested in this game. You could skip the waiting by paying to play the game straight away, but such financial tactics seem hideously cynical and frankly insulting.

I can understand that big companies need to be funded heavily to make these big games (say what you will about about how poor you think BioWare games are, there is a lot of production put into these games) and I wouldn't suggest having such big games being given out for free, but charging to be invested in a story is just plain horrendeous. It'd be like charging extra to put all the word "The" in a novel.

norman_99
norman_99

good. It seemed like a crappy gimmick in order to unlock additional items in the game I actually wanted to play. I'm tired of doing seven different things outside of my games in order to receive all of this additional content.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Dragon Age Legends? Never even heard of it! The best publicity it seems to have had is this article telling us it is shutting down :P

myungish
myungish

Didn't know such a thing even existed. lol

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

Bioware hasn't made a decent Dragon Age game since Origins.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Of course your game-to-advertise-a-game doesn't produce enough revenue!  Now DON'T DO IT AGAIN!

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

DAO: Success

DA2 - Failure

DAL - Failure

 

EA/BW - getting the picture here?

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Let's be clear:  it wasn't that the game didn't earn enough to sustain itself.. it didn't earn enough to sustain EA's unabashed lust for greed and huge profit margins (before the game is shut down and the franchise dismembered).

 

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

EA shutting more games online down?What a shocker! /Sarcasm

Expect more of this from EA, as I have stated before.

WillyChong
WillyChong

 @firehawk998 Maybe they decided to say this: FUCK IT LETS DO DRAGON AGE SKYRIM, after all The Elder Scroll Series is one of the most successful and for me the most crazily amazing game, I love Dragon Age Origin, its a game that reminded me that Bioware at those days are quirky yet good to us, DA2.........................................................................................................................................

WillyChong
WillyChong

 @consoleclassix I like Final Fantasy but not XIII cause it as dull as fuck! Try TES: Skyrim or Oblivion, sure its stupidly long and reused voice actors, but its an awesome RPG.

PetJel
PetJel

 @Eraldus Ofcourse it will happen eventually  but not in the next 6-10 years at least.

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

 @Eraldus The servers will never be shut down. The money they'll make from the real money auction house fees will sustain everything and then some.

pable28
pable28

 @Eraldus By the time Blizzard shuts down the D3 server, there will be other wais to play Diablo 3 already. The same way it's possible now to play Diablo 2 online via other servers.

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

 @moonlightwolf01 I agree with most of your points, but I disagree with the following statement: "anyone who...spent money in/on it has...had their money stolen by EA"You can never "own" anything that you purchase from an online game*. The real question is whether those purchases have a good entertainment/cost ratio.  $2.50 horse armor = no.  $10 General Knoxx DLC for Borderlands = YES!  I feel the better comparison to paying for items in an online game is seeing a movie in a theater - I spend my money, hopefully was entertained, but there's nothing to call "mine".      (*except /pizza, of course...)

KC_CheeseKing
KC_CheeseKing

 @tittu47 I expected DA2 to not be a flaming pile of ****, but you know how that went.

bamir0
bamir0

 @Jaga_Telesin

 Do you have a source for that? Or is just more mindless EA bashing?

WillyChong
WillyChong

 @dg3215 Your right, its a series full of fail, but at least it fail to make people hate it, but FFXIII, I hate it after played on my Xbox 360.