This morning users from everywhere reports that they received a popup notification when playing EA Mobile's popular music game Rock Band for iOS, that the game was shutting down on May 31. It was really astonishing for users, as EA kills games frequently. Fortunately, EA reacted soon and gave good news for that, it was a bug, and users can still enjoy their Rock Band!
The message clearly said the game would “no longer be playable on your device” after May 31st, that's quite unacceptable. It seemed pretty lame to not just leave the game playable in an offline way for those who had bought it and/or spent money on the IAP songs.
Well as Polygon reports EA has responded to the situation, issuing the following statement:
"Rock Band for iOS will remain live – the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error."
"We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible."
It seems highly dubious that this whole thing could have been one big accident, especially since the iOS Rock Band is listed on an EA support page as having its connected features discontinued after May 28th, and a comment on our previous post points to an EA representative confirming in a help topic on EA's website that the game would no longer work after May 31st, but that topic has since been deleted. Perhaps their intention all along was to drop support for the online features, and the strongly worded “no longer playable on your device” message was the mistake. Either way, this reeks of damage control rather than an actual mistake.
Either way, Polygon notes that EA is looking into what caused the error in the first place, and we’ll let you know if there’s any more news on the matter. For the time being it looks like iOS Rock Band-ers will still be able to rock out on the go.
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