Following EA's pull of Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App store two weeks ago, EA recently revealed that The Simpsons: Tapped Out is getting the same treatment.
But while Battlefield 3: Aftershock was plagued with crashes and connectivity issues, EA is pulling The Simpsons: Tapped Out for an entirely different issue.
Pocket Gamer reports that an anonymous gamer posted on EA's help forum to inquire about the game, but was met with a disappointing response from a representative:
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.
EA pulled The Simpsons: Tapped Out because of its overwhelming popularity, which seems to be overloading their servers.
Fortunately for those who already own the game, EA predicts that their sessions will run more smoothly. "If you've downloaded the game, you can continue to play," EA explains in the forum. "Actually, your experience should only improve as we work on a solution."
And for those looking to pick up the game after all this excitement, The Simpsons: Tapped Out should return after they've figured out how to handle the apparently unexpected amount of players:
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. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone for their patience, and we will provide an update as soon as we have more information to share.
Updates are being posted on their official Facebook page.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out Yanked from Apple App Store [Game Politics]