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Rock Band for iOS to be unplayable after May 31

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Rock Band for iOS to be unplayable after May 31
Owners of Rock Band for iOS have started to be greeted with a message that reads, “Dear Rockers, On May 31, ROCK BAND will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!”

Interestingly, that fact hasn’t stopped EA or Apple from continuing to offer the app in the App Store for $4.99 or additional songs at $0.99 a pop. While it is common to see the multiplayer aspect of games disabled over time due to low users and high server costs, usually players still have access to the game and its content to enjoy locally on their device.

EA, who recently beat out Bank of America to be named The Consumerist’s Worst Company in America 2012, isn’t helping its image with this move. Already there are streams of angry tweets directed to @EAMobile from the hordes of players who feel that they are being ripped off.

EA’s FAQ on its support site reads:

Rock Band for iOS to be unplayable after May 31
I've heard ROCK BAND will not be available after May 31. Is this true?
Yes, we will be suspending support of ROCK BAND after May 31 and focusing resources on other EA titles. We thank everyone for playing ROCK BAND, and we encourage you to explore some of the other exciting titles in our mobile line-up.

Can I still play ROCK BAND if I've already downloaded it?
The ROCK BAND servers will be live through May 31, 2012. If you have already downloaded the game, you can continue to play until then.
The key phrase here is “until then.” What happens after that? We guess EA is going with the “too bad, so sad, thanks for the money” strategy.  

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posted on 02 May 2012, 14:47

1. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

I see lawsuits happening after this. Not because the fact the servers will be down may 31st but the fact EA and apple are still letting people buy the app most likely without telling them the servers will be down soon.

posted on 02 May 2012, 14:57

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Talking about Apple, as usual, I believe that there is an disclaimer which will solve everything against people and here won't be any lawsuits...

posted on 02 May 2012, 17:18

3. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

You should be alowed to get a full refund no matter what the disclaimer in small print says. No body even knows what all the small print says and if there is some hidden trickery of words in there it won't be alowed or shouldn't be alowed to be a viable part of a contract you agree to. That kind of stuff has been thrown out in the past if it too much bull sh**. You can't just put what ever you want in those disclaimers and have them hold up. It has to be with in reasonable justification or with the intent to protect your own product from outside threat not to scam somebody out of there money.

That being said I don't get it if you download the game is it only playable with an Internet connection or can you not have any connection and still enjoy the game and the songs that you have downloaded

posted on 02 May 2012, 17:42 1

4. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)

Per usual, EA loves to screw their customers

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