Digital game retailer, Steam pulled the official Ashes cricket game from sale after players branded it “shameful”, “unplayable”, “embarrassing” and “farcical”.
Publisher 505 Games said refunds would be given to anyone who had purchased the game already on PC.
The game will now be abandoned and not resold in an updated format even though it was delayed for a number of months before release.
505 Games said “The development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset” in reference to the Australian developer, Trickstar Games.
Game bugs such as non-existent catching animations for fielders was put down to “The chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket 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 England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia assigned the deal for 505 Games to make The Ashes 2013 to cover the recent Ashes event in England and the current event in Australia.
One of many bugs in The Ashes 2013