In a rather unusual move 505 Games have cancelled Ashes Cricket 2013 just days after its delayed release.
Originally set to be released some four months ago, the game was delayed for improvements. It was released last week on Steam to little fanfare and criticism from buyers over the unfinished nature of the release soon followed.
A statement from 505 Games posted over at VideoGamer.com cites the negative feedback as the reason for its withdrawal from sale.
“505 Games announce today the cancellation of Ashes Cricket 2013. The game was released briefly on Friday 22nd November 2013 on digital PC portal, Steam, but has since been removed by 505 Games following negative consumer feedback.
The Victoria and Albert Musuem (V&A) and Abertay Univerity Dundee will work together in conjunction with international partners in order to find new ways of displaying game design in museums.
Entitled ‘Videogames In The Musuem’ the project is one of six in a network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council that looks to help videogame innovation in the future.
The project will look to show how design decisions are made within the creative games industry.
Microsoft’s Xbox One arrived last week claiming twice as many sales of the Xbox 360 in its launch week back in 2008. The console arrived with more than a dozen launch titles, including FIFA 14 and Forza Motorsport 5 bundles.
EA’s FIFA 14 (+328%) swaps with COD: Ghosts (-16%), from second to first.
Battlefield 4 (+134%) jumps from fifth to third as Assassin’s Creed IV (+123%) holds at fourth.
Forza Motorsport 5 debuts at fifth place.
Entertainment giants Sony and Channel 4 have forged a partnership ahead of the UK release of the PlayStation 4.
Now, this partnership isn’t the normal form of TV advertising that often accompanies a game or console launch, but instead presents a custom approach making use of Channel 4′s iconic idents.
After a successful Xbox One launch night retailer GAME made a bold statement saying the new console launch will “easily” surpass sales of the former Xbox 360.
Whether this proclamation turns out to be true remains to be seen, however early figures seem positive. GAME was keen to stress that customers wanting an Xbox One must be quick if they want to get a console in time for Christmas.
Sony is seemingly planning to release a hardware bundle, containing both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita before Christmas.
When Sony first showed off the PS4′s remote play feature many were quick to suggest that such a bundle would be a no-brainer, giving the PlayStation 4 a Wii U-like off-screen experience. Now it would appear that such a bundle is set to become a reality.
You might not have noticed but Ashes Cricket 2013 has finally been released on PC after a lengthy delay.
Set to be released four months ago, riding on the wave of England’s commanding 3-0 summer victory over the Aussies, the game was delayed by developer 505 Games for further “polishing and fine tuning”.
However, it might not have been worth the wait with as one Planet Cricket user refers to the game as a “pile of crap”. While another says the game is “clearly not finished”.
To add insult to injury the game release co-insides with a humiliating performance from England in the first two tests of the most recent Ashes series.
The PC version is available on Steam for £13.99, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U versions have yet to be dated.
Nintendo has made available a new hardware deal on their recently opened online store, offering the Wii U in attractive new Mario-themed bundle.
Known as the Mario Mega Bundle, it features a 32GB Premium Wii U along with three games.
The UK’s second-largest supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced plans to stop selling physical entertainment products online, including both videogame software and hardware.
From March 2014 Sainsbury’s will no longer sell physical games, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays or books on their online Sainsbury’s Entertainment store, instead offering digital-only alternatives.
This means you’ll still be able to pick up the latest FIFA game in-store, but getting a physical copy delivered from the Sainsbury’s website will soon become a thing of the past.
Activision prepares for the launch of the Xbox One releasing the Call of Duty: Ghosts for the new console one week early, resulting in the shooter staying top of the UK chart for a second consecutive week.
At second, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, from Cheshire-based developer Traveller’s Tales, has the second most successful launch of any LEGO title, after LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures.
FIFA 14 (-7%) swaps with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-37%) to reach third with a less dramatic drop in sales.
Battlefield 4 (-48%) falls three places to complete the top five.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+8%) takes a place to seventh, behind Grand Theft Auto V (-11%) which falls one place to sixth.
Also taking further sales with next generation releases, Skylanders Swap Force (+11%) pushes Batman: Arkham Origins further down the chart to ninth.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (+33%) is helped up the table to tenth with hardware bundles from retailers.
Other new releases include Ratchet & Clank Nexus at twenty-first place and Xcom: Enemy Within at twenty-fifth.
With this console generation coming to an end it’s hard not to get nostalgic about what has made these past several years so memorable. So, we’re looking back at what titles have been the highlights, especially when it comes to gaming with friends.
Danny Lilley reflects over one of this generations most unique and enjoyable multiplayer experiences. Nope, it’s not an entry from the hugely popular Call of Duty, FIFA or Battlefield franchises, but 2008′s Burnout Paradise from Guildford-based Criterion Games.
Blockbuster is to close 72 of their 264 UK stores it was announced Monday, resulting in over 450 job losses.
The DVD and Videogame rental retailer re-entered administration last month, linked in part to increased competition from online streaming, direct-mail services and on-demand TV platforms.
The move, which comes just six-weeks before Christmas, will see the majority of the earmarked stores close over the course of the next week.