Bioshock for iOS has seemingly been removed from the App Store permanently

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2K Games Removes Bioshock for iOS from App Store, Apple Issues Refunds.

When 2K Games launched a port of the original BioShock for iOS last year, fans of the adored franchise were ecstatic. The BioShock saga, where the game, incompatible with iOS 8.4 and later, was not only pulled from the App Store but from purchase histories entirely, has taken another twist.

You can take a look at the complete email from 2K support here, but the representative said that the game’s removal was a “developer decision” and that they should request a refund for the game directly from Apple. “This happens occasionally, but thankfully not often”. The company had recently cited compatibility issues with versions of iOS 8.4 or higher, bad enough that users couldn’t play it, but it said a fix was in the works. Originally, publisher 2K Games confirmed the issue and stated that developers were working to fix the game and would provide it as an update as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, Bioshock was completely removed from App Store soon afterwards, and as mentioned earlier, owners of the game aren’t able to download it anymore. iOS users who already own Bioshock but can’t download it anymore have reached out to 2K Games support and have already received answers that bring even more bad news. “I understand you’re having issues with Bioshock for mobile gaming. 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.

So it looks like this is getting resolved, in a very similar way to how The World Ends With You [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] went down – game stops working, publisher is slow to react to fixing it, mixed messages from customer service lead to confusion over whether the game is getting fixed, before a public outcry seemingly leads to the game getting fixed. Since the transaction wasn’t completed through us, we can not perform a full refund back to you.” “However you will be able to complete a refund with Apple. But instead of dealing with negative outcry from consumers and the media, along with poisoning the well for high-priced premium games on mobile, maybe it’s best to just make sure these things are fixed for later iOS versions when they inevitably do break? These things happen, and people have been patient waiting for fixes, but it’s just the right thing to do to support these games, especially expensive-for-mobile ones, for a reasonable amount of time. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

And in our original review, we said the port offered console gaming depth but did lack the quality graphics found on the Mac or other more powerful machines. For other news today, see: Spruce up your live streams with a tap using Zapstream, Get ready to giggle with the new animated puzzler AZZL, and Amplify and sync your party music with AmpMe for iOS and Android.

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