'Rock Band' iOS app shut down message an 'error', says EA
Published May 3 2012, 02:49 BST | By Scott Nichols Rock Band
on iOS will reportedly close at the end of May.
When starting the app, a pop-up message appears informing users that the game will no longer function after the servers shut down.
"On May 31, Rock Band
will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us," the pop-up message states.
Despite the message, the app is still currently available in the app store for $4.99 / £2.99. However the in-game store has been removed and DLC songs are no longer accessible.Harmonix
community manager Aaron Trites took to the official Rock Band forums
suggesting that it may be due to the studio no longer being partnered with EA Mobile, who developed the title.
"My guess is that it has something to do with the MTV Games and EA logos that pop up when you load it," Trites said.
"Since we are no longer partnered with them, I have no idea how that has affected projects like Rock Band
on iOS. But, as we've seen with the recent DLC delays, there's a lot of work being done behind the scenes now that Harmonix is independent and I wouldn't be surprised if this was related."> 'Rock Band Blitz' announced for XBLA, PSN - trailer
After a day of confusion, Electronic Arts issued a statement to IGN
suggesting that the message was sent in error.
for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error," the company said.
"We apologise 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."
Users seeking more information found that the EA Mobile support page
is currently down, with a message simply stating "this site has been disabled for the time being."
Despite the clarification from EA, the situation is still unclear. With a gap of over eight hours between early reports of the message and EA's response, it is possible that either a deal was arranged to maintain the app or an error actually occurred.
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