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If your head has been under a rock for the past few months, you may not have known that the developers of Dawngate have been hard at work at their startup studio Spiritwalk Games. They've kept their lips tight about their next project 'Shardbound', but have recently opened up to a small group of testers from the Dawngate community. You can now register for the Shardbound Alpha (Community Development) at the Spiritwalk website.

More info can be found on the /r/Dawngate subreddit. The MOBA-Champion community will be transitioning to Shardbound when it becomes publicly available. All Dawngate-related information on the site will be preserved, but may become temporarily unavailable during the transition.

Though the Dawngate may be no more. There are two projects that look to carry on what it was.

First, we have Project Aether Forged, that looks to create a new game in the same style of the game we loved. More info can be found on their subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/aetherforged/.

Second, the Spiritgate looks to recreate the Dawngate completely in the Dota 2 custom games. Their subreddit can be found at https://www.reddit.com/r/spiritgate/.

ESL has announced they are going to be running three more Race to the Gate tournaments as the Dawngate closes. Not only is there $15,000 on the line, this will be the last chance for some of Dawngate's greatest players to compete for the last time.

Originally posted by Waystone Games (Source)
3 more Race To The Gate events are going to be happening in the month of January 2015 before the gates close!
The RTTG series will be taking place Jan 10th, 17th, and 24th. It will be a standard 5v5 with a prizepool of $3,000 for the January 10th and 17th and the final event on the 24th of January will have a stunning prize pool of $15,000. These will be the last official events to happen before the Gate closes for good. So fight for the rite to call yourself the best there ever was in Dawngate.

Today's news of Dawngate's pending closure came as a heartbreaking surprise to the team here at MOBA-Champion. Words cannot really describe how we're all feeling right now. The folks at Waystone gave us an incredibly well-crafted, addicting and truly beautiful game that has commandeered our lives for the last year and a half. Saying good-bye is not going to be easy.

Special thanks to GoodOldMalk, Manawind, WillardThePig, BabyCat, Twerp78, TheBlueMuzzy, Lamentz, Bamberoo, DistractedElf, Spinaldash, Braedy, theKez, Tulce, MoratPG, the lurkers, the guide writers, the pro teams and countless more who contributed to Dawngate and MOBA-Champion in a positive way.

And of course, thank you so much to the entire Waystone Games team. It has been an incredible journey. We've known since the beginning that this game was truly special, and we've wanted nothing but success for this amazing project. As it comes to an end, we can only hope that you all land on your feet.

As a final token of our appreciation to our amazing community, we've pushed a final update to Dawnscout.

God Bless and welcome to the Champion club.

Originally posted by Waystone Games (Source)
From Matt Bromberg, Group General Manager

Today, I have the unenviable task of announcing that we've decided to stop development of Dawngate.
I know this is disappointing news for our community, which has been so supportive and loyal. To all of you who have graciously given us your time and valuable feedback during our beta period, we'd first like to thank you.
Whenever we begin a game project, we do so with great hopes and expectations. In this case, we chose to enter a new genre for EA in MOBA, one that we knew going in was extremely competitive. We built a game in Dawngate that wasn't simply a clone of existing MOBAs, but one that truly pushed the genre forward in many ways. Dawngate has been in beta for almost 18 months, including a full open beta for the past six months.

Through that time, we've taken a lot of feedback from players and delivered lots of new features and innovations. And although the game has grown, we're not seeing the progress we'd hoped for. This isn't the outcome we wanted, but beta testing is about learning and improving, and ultimately, about making difficult decisions about how to proceed.

As for the incredibly talented team of designers, producers, engineers, and artists who have put so much creative energy into Dawngate: The game was truly a labor of love, and it shows. We've got nothing but gratitude for their hard work, and pride about what's been accomplished.

As a part of the process of closing down Dawngate, we'll continue to operate the game for the next 90 days. All players will be entitled to a full refund of any money spent during the beta. For most players, we'll process those refunds within the next 10 days. If we don't have current payment information on file for you, we'll need to reach out first before initiating the refund. If you have any questions, you can reach us at help.ea.com.

On behalf of the entire team at Waystone Games and EA, I want once again to thank all our players for being part of this journey. Your straight-up feedback and the friendly reception we received all over the world at events was extremely encouraging and important to us. We appreciate it.

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