Rock Band iOS Soon No Longer Playable, Still on Sale
EA issues statement in response.
May 2, 2012 Update: EA has released a statement regarding a message users received stating that Rock Band on iOS will no longer function after May 31st.
"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."
We'll continue to update this story with any additional comments EA provides.
Original story follows:
Rock Band will no longer function on iOS devices as of May 31st. The following message pops up upon loading the app:
On May 31, Rock Band will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!"
This message comes despite the fact that the game is still available on the App Store for $4.99 as of this writing, with no warning about the impending expiration date.
When asked for comment, Harmonix director of communications John Drake Tweeted "To those asking: Harmonix doesn't publish Rock Band on iOS. Working to better understand what's up ASAP. Sorry we don't have more info yet."
Beyond that, Harmonix community manager Aaron Trites posted on the official Rock Band forums, writing the following: "No clue as to the specifics, but my guess is that it has something to do with the MTV Games and EA logos that pop up when you load it. Since we are no longer partnered with them, I have no idea how that has affected projects like RB 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," he continued. "Again, that's mostly guesswork, but I'm not at all familiar with the particulars of the partnership or how content is managed on iOS."
Rock Band is published by EA, whose mobile support site is currently offline. We've reached out for comment and will update with any information we receive.
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