by Brad Ward, 1 day ago
There is an explosive amount of developers already making games for mobile platforms, and hundreds of thousands more that want to make games for Android, iOS, etc. The problem? Not everyone can afford the tools…
Hey guys, so how’s the new Grand Theft Auto: Vice City treating you? It’s not? Well, that’s probably because it’s been pulled from Google Play soon after the release following some validation errors that blocked fans from installing.
What’s worse is that, according to Rockstar, the game shouldn’t have even gone live yesterday, which is why we never got an official announcement from the developers. But how can a studio with so much experience like Rockstar Games, who’s been around since 1998, botch the release of such an anticipated title in the god-awful ridiculous style this all went down?
For starters, let’s hear directly from Rockstar and see if we can find any excuses for this stunt:
“Hey guys, due to unforeseen technical issues, the Android release of Vice City will be slightly delayed. Our goal is to get this out for Android by the end of next week. Our apologies for the delay to all our fans on Android devices and please stay tuned for updates.”
Wait, what? Unforeseen technical issues? The release will be delayed? Our apologies for the delay? Are you frigging kidding us, Rockstar? How can you not foresee a technical issue as critical as an “XAPK Validation Failed” error that happened on nine out of ten popular Android devices around?
And what about the iOS release, how come that didn’t encounter any “technical issues”? Could it be because you didn’t bother to test this one out very thoroughly on Android? Not to mention everybody knew Vice City was coming for so long that I’m pretty sure you’ve been prepping for at least a couple of years
Moving on. I’d honestly want to try out what the people at Rockstar are on when they have so little disregard to reality that they dare say the release is “delayed”. The release did happen, folks, yesterday, and the game was available with your name under the “developer” box.
Just because you fixed things quickly by removing the game when you finally realized your colossal fail it doesn’t mean it never happened. We have screenshots, we have people who downloaded it and we really can’t imagine how can an app be up for grabs in Google Play and yet unreleased. Seriously, is your next excuse going to be that you got hacked and that mean virtual vandals did this to you?
Sorry if I got a little worked up, guys (this time I’m talking to you readers and not Rockstar), but how can you not get pissed when you see things like this happening and such half-assed excuses being issued? Meanwhile, Rockstar didn’t even touch upon the subject of the hundreds or thousands of Android gamers that paid the cash for Vice City and ended up with an unplayable game. What can you say, PR for the win!