Game publisher 505 Games has suffered a rather embarrassing development collapse, pulling its Ashes Cricket 2013 game from sale after buyers complained about it being a completely unplayable, bug-ridden disaster.
The game was released for PC on the Steam network on November 22nd, and it quickly became apparent it was an unfinished mess, cynically shovelled out to coincide with the winter Ashes tour. YouTube clips show players running about cluelessly, fielders dribbling the ball to each other endlessly while unaware of the actual rules of the game, and balls magically disappearing when they near the wicketkeeper due to a complete lack of appropriate animations.
Here's an example of the sort of mess the players often get themselves into:
Publisher 505 Games has placed the blame on its developer Trickstar Games, saying: "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."