Yesterday, EA sent an in-app message informing users that it was closing down its original Rock Band iOS app on May 31st.
The message read: “Dear Rockers, On May 31st, ROCK BAND will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!”.
This obviously did not go down too well with users who have paid for the app. In fact, the original Rock Band app was initially sold for as high as $9.99.
While closing down a game that is available for free is understandable, closing down a game where users have already paid for it, seemed quite ridiculous. If EA wanted to promote the sequel – Rock Band Reloaded, it should have simply removed the original game from the App Store, but continued to support users who have already purchased the game.
EA seems to be backpedaling from that decision due to criticism it has received. EA has told CNET that the message was sent by mistake and it does not plan to close down the game.
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.”
But users don’t seem to be happy with EA’s explanation and are accusing EA of lying about the error. But as The Next Web points out, if the message was sent in error, why did EA say that it was ”suspending support for ROCK BAND after May 31 and focusing resources on other EA titles” on its website FAQ.
What’s your take? Do you think the message was sent by mistake or is EA backpedalling from its decision? Will this incident stop you from buying EA games in the future?