Ashes Cricket 2013
Ashes Cricket 2013 Cancelled Following "Negative Consumer Feedback"
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Ashes Cricket 2013 has been cancelled, following the release of the game on PC and the subsequent consumer disgust at its poor quality.

Originally set for release during the first Ashes series this summer, the title was delayed until November as publisher 505 Games, "took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn’t good enough in its current state."

Now, however, the cricket sim has been canned completely. It won't be coming to consoles at all, the PC version is being recalled and 505 Games has released a rather frank explanation. Here it is in full:

"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.

"At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced.

"The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a two-year development, couldn't meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors or our customers. 505 Games' main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name and that of the ECB and Cricket Australia, and do what we can to recompense the cricket community.

"As the licensee and publisher of name for Ashes Cricket 2013, 505 Games would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, and their respective partners/sponsors, who have been nothing but patient and supportive of us throughout the challenges this project has presented, and who, ultimately, we have let down.

"Our deepest apologies, however, are reserved for the fans of cricket and cricket games worldwide. 505 Games prides itself on being a safe pair of hands on which gamers of all tastes and denominations can rely to put their best foot forward to create compelling gaming experiences. It is clear that, in this instance, we have fallen way short of our stated aims and failed to deliver. We know that the mitigating factors, as highlighted above, hold little solace to the hordes of excited cricket fans worldwide who had hoped this year to be able to play out their fantasy of playing in the Ashes series.

"The people who purchased the game will be contacted very shortly with details of a full refund."

[via Eurogamer]


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Comment #1 by Dirty130
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:21:42 AM
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"Got him! Yes! Fuck off, you're out!" - 12th Man.

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Comment #2 by GetInTheVanIHaveCandy
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:24:33 AM
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Ah man, the 6 guys who pre-ordered this game will be devastated.

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Comment #3 by TSG Dwaggie
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:26:31 AM
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For those who wish to play cricket, I suggest ashes 09, which is a nice title and an easy 1000G.

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Comment #4 by Crimson Ridley
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:26:37 AM
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Ah well, we don't need another game about a boring sport. We already have football games. ;)

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Comment #5 by Blazman83
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:29:38 AM
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If theres anything more boring than watching cricket,its playing it on a console! Note to our American friends, the average Englishman finds cricket boring, we love football (soccer).

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Comment #6 by Zero fox fk
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:34:59 AM
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Ah #2 you beat me to it! I never understand the point of Sport Sims

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Comment #7 by Hybridchld
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:42:05 AM
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Wow given how bad some sports sims are you gotta wonder just how bad this was to be cancelled and recalled!

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Comment #8 by IRA GUNNER AFC
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:45:11 AM
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That bug looks more fun then watching or playing cricket.

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Comment #9 by Monkey Wizard
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:00:34 AM
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Rest In Pieces officially licensed Ashes video game...without doubt the worst sports game ever made, a completely broken mess.
The people involved with the development of this game should think about different careers, immediately.

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Comment #10 by l Yakuza l
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:08:10 AM
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Imagine being a game developer working on a cricket title i feel sorry for these guys

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Comment #11 by Caramel Cardinal
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:12:30 AM
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they should have just released it with like 5 achievemets such as score your first run, score 10 runs, score 20 runs, score 50 runs and get your first wicket
even if it was the crappest game ever made it would have sold massivly :D

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Comment #12 by BitchCassidy
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:16:34 AM
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@2 What the fuck is with your name you dirty peado? Lost prophets called they want their front man back. Dirty bastard.

Ot; I wonder how much this failed project cost?

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Comment #13 by Zero fox fk
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:22:52 AM
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#12 lol why you gotta say it like a birch?

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Comment #14 by the action frampton
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:33:07 AM
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@12 he's been here for ages with that name, and you've been here how long exactly?!

@5 speak for yourself. YOU might think cricket is boring, but you probably don't understand it.

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Comment #15 by FYC Punker
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:37:56 AM
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What the hell are we gonna play in 2014 now!?

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Comment #16 by X II Antaz II X
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:46:03 AM
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I find cricket is not boring and I am english?

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Comment #17 by General Boredom
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 06:55:02 AM
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Well, this explains why Giant Bomb did a quick look of this game.

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Comment #18 by mjc0961
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:12:39 AM
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Now THIS is how you handle a completely broken game release. This is what Gearbox and SEGA should have done with Aliens Colonial Marines. Kudos to 505 to manning up and more importantly, offering refunds.

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Comment #19 by MrT2
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:14:12 AM
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There's a far better video on IGN, with about 8 fielders on screen, most of whom stand around like mannequins, and 3 repeatedly try to stump out batters who are already in, only they miss the wicket so badly the batters get another 4 or 5 runs in. Basically imagine playing cricket after 10 or more pints of beer.

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Comment #20 by TheGreatKoala
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:20:10 AM
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#18 makes a good point. Now I wish companies would hire games testers like they used to, instead of releasing bug filled messes

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Comment #21 by gazmaster1
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:29:47 AM
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@19 10 pints cam make anything fun, the game how ever I imagine is not.

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Comment #22 by Spanish Assault
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:31:32 AM
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Is cricket a popular game on xbox 360?

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Comment #23 by onidemon
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:33:39 AM
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I love cricket, but by the eight does that game look bad

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Comment #24 by MrT2
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:45:24 AM
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@20 They do hire testers, obviously this game is an exception and god knows what really happened, but in general I think the issue with testing is that it's now too well regimented. A games tester will be told to perform a single action or section of a game 100-1000 times over and over to be sure a particular feature works, whereas the customer goes in and tries things that weren't even on the checklist, and the game breaks. Years ago testing was just letting the testers loose on the game, and with simpler games bugs were easier to isolate.

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Comment #25 by BitchCassidy
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:53:22 AM
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@4 football and cricket are boring , but the Disney sing it you have your tag was a whole load of fun eh?

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Comment #26 by I Gil Galad I
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 07:54:22 AM
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Well I've got Don Bradman cricket to look forward to.
I thought this would have flown off the shelves in England with people trying to recreate a win for them and their 'scared eyed' batsmen. Hehe.
I do like the way 505 handled it though.

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Comment #27 by FullMoonBeaver
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 08:21:23 AM
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Fair play, they admitted it was bad and canned it. Most devs would have djust released it.

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Comment #28 by Judivarious
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 08:30:06 AM
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Sounds like the same shit that happened with Fez 2.

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Comment #29 by BradleyThreat
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 09:04:20 AM
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"safe pair of hands"
"put their best foot forward"
"failed to deliver"

Nice puns guys. At least they are trying to have a bit of fun with what is a rather depressing announcement for the dev and the fans!

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Comment #30 by eviltb
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 09:08:08 AM
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I can see why this game got canned, Dernbach and Patel could never run like that!

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Comment #31 by Crimson Ridley
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 09:48:31 AM
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@25 - Nope, but then I played that to close the gap between myself and the #1 in England at completed music games, alongside my infinitely more fun and difficult Guitar Hero games.

Very cute that you checked my games out to respond to a jokey post. Sad man.

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Comment #32 by Baki54
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 10:26:12 AM
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They have my complete respect.How many publishers would be so forthcoming and accommodating about their product?I know it had to be hard to admit something you worked so hard on, was essentially shit.A refund and recall to consumers,can hopefully help them bounce back soon.

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Comment #33 by BitchCassidy
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 10:26:25 AM
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@31 I'm not a man. Sad misogynistic fool.

Thanks , I am cute. You on the other hand, are not.

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Comment #34 by NUFC_Matty
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 10:37:51 AM
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We could always watch some paint dry instead, should be more entertaining.

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Comment #35 by gazmaster1
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 11:32:40 AM
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Who'd have thought a cricket article would have the most comments on the home page.

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Comment #36 by Jaws as Crowns
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 11:38:03 AM
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@12 welcome to a town called hypocrisy.

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Comment #37 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 12:42:52 PM
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What's with the negative feedback?

This game accurately represents the real sport

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Comment #38 by francisrossi
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 02:12:17 PM
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So why did it get released in the first place? Did 505 pay absolutely no attention to the state of the game?

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Comment #39 by Crimson Ridley
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 05:27:57 PM
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@33 - So, a female troll then? Haven't you got a cave or something to clean? ;)

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Comment #41 by WadeMcG
Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 08:03:16 PM
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It's going to be a tough choice between Ashes Cricket 2013, NBA Live 14 & FIFA 14 Vita (which was the most blatant rehash of an existing football game since World Cup Carnival back in 1986) for the title of worst sports game of 2013.

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