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[Update] 2K Says BioShock Will Return To iOS App Store After It's Fixed

by Mike Futter on Sep 24, 2015 at 08:10 AM

Update: 2K says that it will be restoring BioShock to the iOS App Store as soon as it is able to fix firmware compatibility issues. A company representative replied to our request with a statement.

"2K recently provided inaccurate information to customers surrounding removal of BioShock for iOS from the App Store," the representative told us. "BioShock is currently incompatible with iOS versions 8.4 and higher, and as such, is temporarily removed for purchase from the App Store. 2K is fixing the compatibility issue, and when resolved, will place BioShock back on the App Store for purchase. Customers who already own BioShock may continue playing the game with iOS version 8.3 or earlier. 2K regrets the initial customer service error and looks forward to delivering an updated version of BioShock for iOS in the near future."

Original Story (September 24 at 8:29 a.m. Central)

When 2K released BioShock for iOS devices, it made a big push to show what it was capable of on mobile devices. Now, that ambitious port has been pulled from the iOS App Store.

The difference between a removal like we saw with Square Enix’s The World Ends With You (now restored) and BioShock is that the latter is gone entirely. That means those that own it reportedly can’t re-download it to new, fully updated devices or legacy hardware.

That point is important, because while BioShock has had problems on more recent iOS versions, it could still run on older operating systems. We’ve reached out to 2K for clarification and, hopefully, some guidance about whether the game will return for sale (or at least be re-listed for those that already own it). We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Touch Arcade]

 

Our Take
It’s becoming more common for larger publishers to pull apps from the storefront if they are largely broken on newer firmware. However, the complete delisting here raises eyebrows. Hopefully this is an error, and 2K will be fixing it soon, even if just for those that already own the game.