505 Games has announced that Ashes Cricket 2013 has been cancelled, following its release on Steam and the negative feedback it received.
The game was originally scheduled to launch on PC and consoles in July to coincide with the UK Ashes series, but was delayed to launch alongside the return series in Australia in November. Following the negative feedback the game has received since its November 22 release, Ashes Cricket 2013 has been pulled from Steam and cancelled by 505 Games. The publisher has confirmed in a statement to CVG that those who bought the game will be offered a full refund.
“As most people who have followed the project closely can affirm, the development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset,” the statement reads, in part. “At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced.”
“As the licensee and publisher of name for Ashes Cricket 2013, 505 Games would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, and their respective partners/sponsors, who have been nothing but patient and supportive of us throughout the challenges this project has presented, and who, ultimately, we have let down”, the statement continues. “Our deepest apologies, however, are reserved for the fans of cricket and cricket games worldwide.”
“The people who purchased the game will be contacted very shortly with details of a full refund.”