Less than a week after launch, The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been pulled from the App Store. Publisher EA brought everybody’s favourite four-fingered family to iOS just before the weekend, and by the time gamers were back at work on Monday, the game was gone.
But – unlike Battlefield 3: Aftershock, the Simpsons’ demise promises to be temporary, and it’s apparently for a good reason. It seems that public reaction to the game was “overwhelmingly positive”, to the point that the app was putting all sorts of pressure on the EA servers.
To ensure current players have the best possible experience, we’ve temporarily removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store to limit the game’s server capacity to its current players and address connectivity and lag time issues.
If you’ve downloaded the game, you can continue to play. Actually, your experience should only improve as we work on a solution. As soon as we have resolved these issues to handle greater player capacity, we will return The Simpsons: Tapped Out to the App Store so that even more people can enjoy this ‘life-ruiningly fun’ game.
Reports have come in from gamers who are unable to connect to the game’s servers on their first, second and even third attempts – with a compulsory 60 second delay between reconnecting.
Rather than letting the problem continue to escalate, EA has instead taken the simple, yet drastic action of removing the game. This gives the developers more time to fix the game, without extra players jumping in and making bottlenecks even worse.
There’s no estimated time of (re)arrival for The Simpsons: Tapped Out at this stage, but we’ll keep you posted.
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