Rock Band iOS App to be unplayable after May 31

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 17:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Users who own the Rock Band iOS app have received notice that the game will “no longer be playable” after May 31 via pop up message when loading it up. While EA has yet to officially respond to the matter, and its seems a bit odd that someone would no longer be granted access a purchased game and the purchased DLC, The Guardian notes EA shuttering of the game is “not an isolated example.”

The Rock Band app can be purchased for $4.99 on iTunes, and was recently on sale for half-off.

Guardian cites EA’s iOS social game Restaurant City: Gourmet Edition as an example which will be closed down on June 29. This means if a player purchased virtual goods for it via the Facebook version of the title, they loose those along with the game.

ngmoco will also be shutting down its iOS freemium game Eliminate on May 25, another game

The aforementioned games as just two such examples of games consumers purchased virtual items for and will no longer have access to.

Users on Rockbandaide, which was the first site to report on the matter, seem to think the closure has something to do with the licensing agreements. Instead of EA renewing terms with the record companies, it will instead let the contracts expire.

Until EA releases an official statement on the matter, it’s anyone’s guess as to why it purchasers will be barred from playing their game from May 31.

The Rock Band app was released in October 2009 and as of press time the game is still available for purchase, despite the impending closure.



  1. The_Red

    Wait, what? Was Rock Band iOS a free app?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 Nope. That’s the thing. Unlike the examples given, people purchased the app.

    The only similarity I could see in the examples given, is the purchasing of virtual items. To me though, that is a risk you take when playing a freemium title – NOT one you bought and purchased DLC for like with the Rock Band iOS app.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KodyxDestroyer

    You’ve got to be kidding me. They seriously think that it is okay to take something back that people have paid for? This is ridiculous, another great reason not to play EA games. Any time they feel like taking games away you paid for, they can.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    The only thing, and since I do not play it I have no idea, is that it may be a server-based game, meaning that if the servers are taken offline, you can no longer play it obviously. Again, I have no idea if that even works on mobile games. I am just thinking out loud and should just get back in the kitchen. :p

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    Worst company in America eh?

    Looks like they’re doing all they can to retain the title for next year.

    Fuck off EA.

    Shower of shites.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OwningXylophone

    What makes this worse is that if you actually check the app store you can still buy the game and there is no mention anywhere in the description that it will be unplayable in less than a month…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DuckOfDestiny

    @4 “should just get back in the kitchen”

    Is that still sexist when a woman says it?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 Yeah. They should just pull it off the marketplace, really. :(

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 Nope. Because in this case I meant it literally. Glad you picked up on it though :D

    #9 3 years ago
  10. manamana

    Thats actually embarrassing and shows blatantly the downside of publishers and their digital downloads. This is not going well….

    #10 3 years ago
  11. manamana

    Oh wait EA, people start pissing on your head: Toucharcade comment, user 1337brian:”Just got off the phone with apple. The rep was 100% sympathetic and said I should have no issue getting a refund and was genuinely surprised by the situation. He asked me to go to itunes transactions and submit the refund there and it should take about 4 hours or so to process. FU EA.”

    #11 3 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Thanks for the clarification. This is simply nuts. Even with the servers thingy taken into consideration.

    #12 3 years ago

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