Rock Band no longer playable after 30th May
UPDATE: EA issues statement, in-game message amended.
Great news for iOS rockers. The in-game message that yesterday advised players that their iOS version of Rock Band would be rendered unplayable from the 31st May has now been altered to confirm that the game will be playable after that date.
"A special note: Rock Band will remain playable on your device," the new prompt reads.
"Please disregard the previous notification regarding availability. We're sorry for the confusion."
A spokesperson for EA also provided a statement on the issue:
""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."
Fansite RockBandAide.com are reporting that owners of the popular Rock Band iOS app have loaded up the game this week to receive some unwelcome news about their purchase.
According to an in-app notification, the game will cease to function after the 30th May. The full message reads as follows:
"Dear Rockers," it begins.
"On May 31, ROCK BAND will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!"
No further information has been provided as to why the game will no longer function after this date, although speculation has centered around the presumed expiry of music licensing arrangements. How this withdrawal will affect the more recent Rock Band Reloaded is not yet clear.
Despite this warning, the game is still currently available for sale on the App Store. We've contacted EA for comment and will update this story if we hear back.