According to reports filed by owners of the game, a message warning users that “on May 31st, ROCK BAND will no longer be playable on [their] device” now appears when booting up the game.
The message ends by thanking buyers for “rocking out with us!”
However, publisher EA has yet to announce any plans to disable the game, and the app is still on sale on the App Store with no mention of its imminent closure.
If true, though, a popular theory surrounding the game’s imminent closure suggests that the licenses for the songs included in the app may have expired.
Rock Band developer Harmonix has “no idea” why the game may soon be disabled, though.
Posting on the Rock Band forums, a Harmonix developer guessed that the disable had “something to do with the MTV Games and EA logos that pop up when you load it.
“Since we are no longer partnered with them, I have no idea how that has affected projects like RB on iOS. But, as we’ve seen with the recent DLC delays, there’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes now that Harmonix is independent and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was related.”
Nonetheless, if true, EA’s decision to restrict access to a game users have paid for will no doubt further damage the publisher’s reputation amongst the community.
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