Ashes Cricket 2013 Cancelled After Being Released

ashes-cricket-2013-headerWe’ve heard of games being cancelled at all stages of their development cycle but this might be the first time I’ve heard of a game being killed by a publisher after its retail release.

Publisher 505 Games has withdrawn the recently released Ashes Cricket 2013 from sale on Steam as a result of numerous bugs and glitches that render the game nearly unplayable.

In a statement released yesterday, 505 Games apologized for the state of the game and promised to give refunds to people who bought the game. They also proceeded to throw developer Trickstar Games completely under the bus for the state of a game that they chose to release and charge money for.

Here’s 505’s statement in full:

“As most people who have followed the project closely can affirm, the development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset. The chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket game development experience, was unable to overcome the unexpected challenges that the chosen game engine threw up, even with multiple extensions to the development schedule. At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced.

The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a 2 year development, couldn’t meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors or our customers. 505 Games’ main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name and that of the ECB and Cricket Australia, and do what we can to recompense the cricket community.

As the licensee and publisher of name for Ashes Cricket 2013, 505 Games would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, and their respective partners/sponsors, who have been nothing but patient and supportive of us throughout the challenges this project has presented, and who, ultimately, we have let down.

Our deepest apologies, however, are reserved for the fans of cricket and cricket games worldwide. 505 Games prides itself on being a safe pair of hands on which gamers of all tastes and denominations can rely to put their best foot forward to create compelling gaming experiences. It is clear that, in this instance, we have fallen way short of our stated aims and failed to deliver. We know that the mitigating factors, as highlighted above, hold little solace to the hordes of excited cricket fans worldwide who had hoped this year to be able to play out their fantasy of playing in the Ashes series.

The people who purchased the game will be contacted very shortly with details of a full refund.”

In case you want visual evidence of how bad Ashes Cricket 2013 actually is, here’s a handy video demonstration.

With terrible animations and AI programming like that, it’s not so much a surprise that the game was pulled from sale. It is a surprise is that 505 deemed the game fit enough to release in that state. If a game is broken (and it certainly looks broken there), isn’t it the publisher’s duty not to defraud the customers by releasing the game and pretending there’s nothing wrong by putting it up for sale. How can you throw the dev under the bus when you’re the ones who told Steam to put it up for sale and charge money for it?

For the sake of a now funny story, we tried to get in touch with 505 Games to get a copy for review but their media website wasn’t working. Turns out that wasn’t the only thing that was broken.

Sources: Planet Cricket, RPS

About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on November 29, 2013, in Games and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I don’t think Cricket would sell particularly well with games like FIFA, PES, Madden and NBA2k pretty much owning the market.

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  2. Are we not allowed to comment or something?

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    • Sure, you can, but since my other blog has been failed massively by the Akismet spam filtering, I do manual moderation of all new commenters here. Since I was busy gaming, I wasn’t here to instantly moderate. You’re good to go now.

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    • Okay. Just checked the spam folder. For some reason, you got flagged as spam by Akismet. Now that’s a new one. I also manually review spam for that sort of stuff but only once or twice has it flagged a legit comment as spam. Don’t know why but it seems to not like you. It should have put your comments into pending and sent me an email about that. Hopefully telling it that you’re not spam should correct the problem.

      — Steve

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