Delayed, delayed again, released, pulled. That’s the life of the Ashes Cricket 2013 game in a nutshell after the title’s seemingly endless bugs forced it to be canned.
After months of repeated delays, Ashes Cricket 2013 was made available for purchase for just a matter of hours before being pulled from Steam and officially axed for good.
Originally scheduled to launch in time for the summer Ashes series, the 505 Games published title was eventually launched through Steam late last week before being cancelled due to “negative consumer feedback.”
Despite the game’s quick cancellation, the title has now become something of a cult hit, with those (un)fortunate enough to download the game flooding YouTube with gameplay videos of the title’s seemingly endless array of bug, glitches and downright awful graphics.
In a statement yesterday, 505 Games announced the overall cancellation of the Ashes Cricket 2013 game.
“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 publisher wrote.
"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 chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket game development experience, was unable to overcome the unexpected challenges that the chosen game engine threw up, even with multiple extensions to the development schedule.
"The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a 2 year development, couldn’t meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors or our customers.”
They added: "The people who purchased the game will be contacted very shortly with details of a full refund."
Below are just a couple of our favourite Ashes Cricket 2013 videos highlighting the game’s many, many issues.
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