It appears the removal of BioShock from the App Store was due to the game not being compatible with iOS v8.4 and higher, but 2K Games is working on a fix.
The firm said in a statement to Eurogamer, its previous comment to TouchArcade stating “we don’t currently have this game for mobile gaming anymore,” was in error.
“2K recently provided inaccurate information to customers surrounding removal of BioShock for iOS from the App Store,” the publisher told EG. “BioShock is currently incompatible with iOS versions 8.4 and higher, and as such, is temporarily removed for purchase from the App Store. 2K is fixing the compatibility issue, and when resolved, will place BioShock back on the App Store for purchase.
“Customers who already own BioShock may continue playing the game with iOS version 8.3 or earlier. 2K regrets the initial customer service error and looks forward to delivering an updated version of BioShock for iOS in the near future.”
Original story is below.
Right now, it’s impossible to download Bioshock onto an iOS device – even if you’ve bought it previously.
Bioshock for iOS was originally released in August last year. According to Touch Arcade, the game has been unavailable to purchase since July, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8.4 that was, apparently, going to be resolved.
The game is now completely unavailable, though. It has been delisted, meaning that even if you have paid for and downloaded the game previously, you won’t be able to download it again.
The only way to access Bioshock’s iOS port now is to play it on a device that already has the game downloaded onto it, and should it be deleted from those devices it cannot be recovered.
The iOS version of Bioshock was not well received by critics or fans, but considering the $19 price tag those who purchased it are likely to be annoyed that the game was delisted instead of being updated.
This thread in the Touch Arcade forum has more information. Unhappy customers are being advised by 2K Support to seek a refund from Apple.