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Battlefield 3: Aftershock Yanked From App Store

By Pete Haas 2012-02-22 14:36:18 discussion comments
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Battlefield 3: Aftershock did not receive a warm welcome from gamers. The mobile game was criticized so heavily that EA has decided to pull it from the App Store altogether.

"EA Mobile is committed to delivering mobile entertainment experiences that are on par with the content and quality users have come to expect from their favorite EA gaming brands," reads a statement from the company. "To this end, we have decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we've received. We thank all the fans who have downloaded the game to date."

Aftershock is a team-based multiplayer shooter. It offered players four weapons to start, and a fifth could be unlocked by watching a trailer for the upcoming Navy SEALS movie Act of Valor. The game sounds okay on paper but was slammed by gamers for its poor controls and connectivity issues.

While it was free, the trade-off was that it was covered in ads for the upcoming Navy SEALS movie Act of Valor. Furthermore, the "but it's free" excuse only gets you so far. There are plenty of great games you can download to your iPhone for no charge, Jetpack Joyride being just one example.

EA is working on a larger scale BF3 game for mobile platforms. It's scheduled to arrive later this year. Hopefully the company learned some hard lessons with Aftershock and will provide mobile gamers with a more palatable game next time around.
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