2K announces Bioshock won't return to the App Store, buyers get no compensations

Developer 2K recently announced that its porting of Bioshock for iOS devices won't be returning to the App Store. The game was initially removed from the App Store back in June 2015 and was never listed again.

The developers claim the game is not compatible with iOS 8.4 and higher, so when Apple released this version, Bioshock was no longer supported, hence the removal of the game from the App Store.

Those who purchased the game while it was available in the App Store had to pay no less than $15. They will still be able to play Bioshock, but only if their devices run iOS 8.3 or earlier.

Since it's not compatible with devices running iOS 8.4 or newer, if you try playing on the most recent versions of iOS, you may encounter gameplay issues. Basically, Bioshock becomes unplayable if you try running it on incompatible versions of iOS.

The bad news is none of those who bought the game will get their money back, as 2K didn't say anything about any compensations given to those who purchased Bioshock. Kind of late with the announcement as well, since it's been almost two years.



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its Apple policy to force App to support only the recent iOS releases. Those that don't would be removed from the App Store. This is good to ensure their user base keep buying their recent release iOS devices even when the old one is working fine. I don't blame 2K, Bioshock is a big game to continue to update the game with each iOS releases is just insane amount of work.

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I do since the policy was in place prior to them adding Bioshock to the app store. If they weren't willing to comply then they should have never added it especially at such a steep price. It's a skummy way to cheat people out of their money.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The problem here is the large underlying changes in iOS that make app to be incompatible each new iOS revision. Both Microsoft and Google do have an emphasis on software backwards compatibility which Apple lacks. Granted Apple main customer are retail and not corporate so they could ignore backwards compatibility. For me I would never trust my data to apple that hold it hostage and its endless of annual OS upgrade neither could any business. My company just drop the option for employee to pick MacBook pro as their staff notebook. Because it's an insane to keep up and the broken application or macOS. We really don't know which is which.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple does this to drive app revenue. Forcing an app not to work either makes the dev update it or make it again. Nothing about iOS has changed for the app. Ot to work. Even though I have Windows 10, I have XP apps that still work.

3. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014


5. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

This happens to Android games all the time, sometimes developers update them right away and sometimes it takes them a year with a broken app left on Play store.. So it's a good thing they've removed it, this happens with more operating systems however I can understand the developers frustration.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't agree that Google should remove older app from playstore just because it's incompatibles with the recent android OS. Remember many Android users don't use the latest Android. I myself keep my Motorola Xoom a jelly bean tablet around to play older android game that are incompatible with the recent Android OS release. Good old play store still allow me to download the game I bought 4 yrs old.

7. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I bought this and it never ran for me, at this point 2k did not acknowledge any issues and it was still on the App Store, I was unaware and now feel screwed over :-(

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

You should have got a refund.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hope you could get your refund.

11. Thatguy6897

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

Unfortunately to all the people who think 2K is responsible, you're wrong. There is nothing legal (or ethical for that matter) that obligated the devs to update for newer versions of iOS. Apple should do like windows and create a better backwards compatibility ecosystem for their customers, plain and simple.

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