EA unplugs Rock Band for iOS
The day the music dies is May 31
The iOS version of Rock Band will go out of tune forever on May 31.
Users have spotted the image below when they try to play the game.
EA has confirmed the news in its help forums that the servers underpinning the game will go the riff boneyard on May 31. In case the company does a naughty, we took a screen shot of the message.
And if you remove the friendly marketing speak:
"Can I still play ROCK BAND if I've already downloaded it?"
We've squeezed as much money out of you as we think we can on this one so now we're switching off your access to that thing you thought you owned because we can. Yes, we know we could've built it so it could run without one of our servers but where's the fun in that! Hahaha. Now bend over and give us more money for our latest half-finished bug-riddled product that we might choose to cut you off from at any time.
EA: "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."
Behind closed doors: "Oh shit, we've been rumbled, blame it on a rogue engineer and we'll have another go in 6 months"
Re: Every time...
Perhaps the next time a certain Reg writer complains about "freetards" he might like to consider that this is exactly the kind of thing that convinces people that paying for content is a fruitless exercise.
While content providers continue to treat their customers as cash-cows they can sodomise with impunity they will never "solve" the freetard issue.
Every time a conent company shuts off a DRM server, a pirate gets their wings.
I've got a couple EA apps I own^H^H^H rent on my Android tablet... won't be giving them anymore cash.
The old "thanks for your money, now fuck off" trick. Nice if you're big enough you can pull it off.