Gamers, if you’ve downloaded Electronic Arts’ Rock Band on your iOS device, we’d love to hear from you guys if you’ve received the pop up message captured in screenshot above. For those unfamiliar, it seems that there have been reports of some iOS Rock Band owners who have received the pop up message informing them that come 31st of May, the game will no longer be playable on their device. Considering that iOS users have paid $4.99 for the iPhone version, it would seem that the game feels more like a rental as opposed to being a permanent purchase.
According to the folks at Kotaku who reached out for a comment, a representative from Harmonix, the company who helped co-develop the game alongside EA Montreal, has basically stated that they are just as clueless as we are. “EA Mobile is responsible for the publishing and hosting of Rock Band on iOS […] We’re reaching out to them to better understand what’s happening with the app.” The Sixth Axis has suggested that perhaps the licensing for the tracks has run out which could suggest the game’s closure, but we will keep the speculation to a minimum until we hear official word from EA, so check back with us later for updates.