Harmonix Doesn't Know Why Mobile Rock Band Is Going Away This Month [Update]

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The iOS version of Rock Band could expire on May 31, according to an image, originally posted on Reddit, that has been circulating the Internet today.

The Rock Band app, which sells for $4.99 on iTunes, purportedly says it will no longer work at the end of this month. As of this writing, iTunes has no warning or indication that the application has an expiration date.

In response to Kotaku's request for comment, a representative from developer Harmonix said they don't know why the app gave that notification.


"EA Mobile is responsible for the publishing and hosting of Rock Band on iOS," a Harmonix representative said. "We're reaching out to them to better understand what's happening with the app."

Earlier this year, EA pulled its Tetris iPad app off the iTunes store in favor of a new, enhanced version that customers would have to buy again to get its added updates, such as enhanced resolution for the new iPad.

We've reached out to EA Mobile for comment and will update should we hear anything.

Update: We have received the following statement from EA: "Rock Band for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible."


Wtf!? "Thanks", EA! [Reddit — thanks, Steve!]

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It's probably because EA no longer publishes or is involved with the Rock Band series, and it could be a way to avoid copyright or a lawsuit or something.

But it still is a dick move.