Electronic Arts in “trouble”? Rififi on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Apex Legends Mobile…

Robin Lamorlette

February 01, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.


Star Wars Jedi: Survivor©Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment

© Electronic Arts / Respawn Entertainment

Electronic Arts is visibly hurting its wallet, and it is largely the Respawn Entertainment studio that is paying for the mess.

In its financial report for the last quarter of 2022, the American giant indeed reports a considerable drop in income (not) of 1% compared to last year. But it is the talented studio Respawn Entertainment which is mainly paying the price, with a (slight) postponement of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and… a sudden closure of the yet profitable Apex Legends Mobile.

Electronic Arts hit where it hurts

It’s that time of year again when companies tear up their financial reports, and it’s Electronic Arts’ turn to stick to it. Thus, we learn that in the last quarter of 2022, the publisher experienced a 5% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2021. However, the figures for 2022 mark a decrease of 1% compared to the last year.

Faced with this “alarming” news (but clearly not as much as that of Ubisoft), the American giant has adjusted its predictions for the current quarter. And this caution is notably due to the postponement of one of its future flagship games, which we are looking forward to: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Respawn Entertainment has indeed decided to postpone the release date of its new big project by a month, dragging the release date from March 17 to April 28 on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The reason given could not be more classic. The studio needs a little more time to refine its formula and offer a game of the same quality as the very good Fallen Order.

Closing mobile

Still at Respawn Entertainment, we learn with surprise thatApex Legends Mobilea quality port of its famous Battle Royale, will close its doors on 1er may. Worse still, those who have invested money in the game… will not be entitled to any refund!

The studio said of the decision: At Respawn, we want to provide players with consistently memorable games. After a strong start, content injection into Apex Legends Mobile has started to dry up in terms of quality, quantity, and cadence. We have therefore made the decision to close the game. »

In the same register, the development of a mobile game centered on Battlefield in preparation is also cancelled. One wonders if this has anything to do with the real debacle around Battlefield 2042

Sources: Electronic Arts, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Apex Legends Mobile

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