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.
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.
Ashes Cricket 2013 has been delayed until November.
Publisher 505 Games explained that the delay was due to the game not being “good enough in its current state”.
This marks the second time the 360, PS3, PC and Wii U title has faced delay. Originally Ashes Cricket 2013 was due to arrive in June alongside the first Ashes series, but was pushed back to an unspecified July date. With the month now almost up, 505 confirmed the game is now due for release in the Autumn, to coincide with the year’s second Ashes series.