EA Closing Dragon Age Legends

EA Closing Dragon Age Legends

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The days of Dragon Age on Facebook are coming to a close.

Back in late 2010, BioWare rolled out Dragon Age Legends on Facebook as part of the build-up to Dragon Age 2. The studio said at the time that it wanted to "change the perception of social network games and attract new players to the Facebook platform by raising the quality bar," and also by offering five unique Dragon Age 2 items that could only be unlocked by playing Legends. I don't know how well it succeeded at that goal, although I'm told it wasn't terrible, but good or bad, it all comes to an end next month.

"This is by no means a reflection on the quality of the game; the awesome team who created it; or the incredible, passionate community who has supported it," BioWare wrote on the Dragon Age Legends blog. "While it's never fun to say goodbye, consider it only temporary. We're also hard at work on our next core social projects, and we promise you they will be even more epic than anything we've done before."

Players can no longer purchase crowns, the in-game currency, and existing crowns cannot be transferred to any current or future BioWare Social releases. On the upside, people with crowns to burn will be able to enjoy an end-of-days blowout through a "massive fire sale" on everything in the game, and players of the BioWare Social game Age of Champions who have played Dragon Age Legends within the past three months [and presumably anytime between now and the shutdown] will be given a Legends-inspired weapon, a Viscount Ravi army unit, in-game currency and an exclusive medal for their Age of Champions profile page.

Finally, for those who just really love Dragon Age Legends and can't bear the thought of seeing it go, BioWare is working on a stand-alone, single-player version of the game which it will give away free, shortly after the Facebook edition closes.

Dragon Age Legends still brings in around 10,000 daily average users and 110,000 monthly average users, according to AppData, which sounds not too terribly awful until you compare it to, say, CityVille, which brings in 5.6 million DAU and nearly 37 million MAU. Then, suddenly, the shutdown starts to sound a little more reasonable.

Dragon Age Legends will go down once and for all on June 18.

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Andy Chalk:

for those who just really love Dragon Age Legends and can't bear the thought of seeing it go, BioWare is working on a stand-alone, single-player version of the game which it will give away free, shortly after the Facebook edition closes.

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That's nice of them.

Well maybe if there had actually been anything in DA2 WORTH unlocking.

It's a real shame actually, because this was a pretty solid game that could have been a really nice way to keep the link between the DA games going. I really liked this game, mostly because of the turn based combat it had going on and it's a shame to see it go.

I feel bad for anyone who actually paid for the crap in that game. It was as horrible as horrible could be, and rather fitting since Dragon Age 2 was a let-down considering it was trying to come after Origins, and Legends was utter shit compared to DA: Journeys.

It begins.

R.I.P BioWare 1995-2010

Huh. I didn't even play this, but alright. See ya later, DA Legends.

DVS BSTrD:
Well maybe if there had actually been anything in DA2 WORTH unlocking.

ZING!!

didn't even know about this derp :/ but it doesn't sound like a bad idea and something I might get into if companies in the future still ever try something similar on Facebook or whatnot

as much as I like Dragon Age, I just couldn't bring myself to get a facebook account just to unlock a few more items in DA2.

It was okay as a turned based mini-game diversion thing... but the real downside for me was the limited time allowed to do things without purchasing the ability to continue acting. You could only play it in 5-15 minute bursts every half dozen hours or so and that's just not the play format people who buy games are really comfortable with. It's fine for the usual Farmville crowd, but the stop go stop go come back later stop go stuff wouldn't let me enjoy the otherwise fun little game.

Wow, the shitty tie in browser game to the Titanic-esque Dragon Age franchise shut down? *gasp*

 

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