Ashes Cricket 2013 released on Steam in November and became an instant candidate for worst game of the year. It’s such an embarrassment publisher 505 Games pulled it and won’t release it again. That’s right, this is effectively a post-launch cancellation.
505 has pulled the game, deleted the Facebook page and issued a press release blaming everything on developer Trickstar Games. 505 Games said it received “misplaced” assurances from Trickstar. The result, according to the publisher, was a game that didn’t meet the expectations of it or cricket fans. The vanished Facebook page no doubt happened because of the negative comments and players posting videos of the PS2 era graphics and shoddy AI. Social media is great for telling people what you loved about a game or movie, but people talk even more when they hate something. People used to complain about bad service to the person giving it to them, now instead they go to the car and tweet about it. If you have a social media channel promoting a bad product, it turns really ugly really quickly.
While the Facebook page has vanished into the ether, we’ve still got YouTube videos. Someone in PR will get around to taking those down soon, I’m sure:
The publisher is contacting players who purchased Ashes Cricket to give them full refunds. Though it has been pulled, it still shows up in the libraries of the unfortunate souls who purchased it. There are no details about ports scheduled for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to happen. Kind of a shame, because a copy of Ashes Cricket 2013 for the Wii U could become a collector’s item. It would be a thing that has no reason to exist, but somehow does. Christmas is almost here, and that is a game destined to end up on the Island of Misfit Toys.
This is good news for EA, as NBA Live 14 may not be the worst sports game of the year!