Ashes Cricket 2013 is a game so bad publisher 505 Games decided to cancel it after it was already for sale on Steam. The notoriously buggy game was originally pulled from Valve's store on November 26th due to rampant technical issues, and now 505 says that it's canceling the game for good.
According to the company, the primary issue was the game's engine, which significantly delayed Ashes Cricket's release — it was originally supposed to launch in June, to coincide with the iconic Ashes series of matches between England and Australia — and apparently also lead to numerous missing features. "The development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset," 505 says. As Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports, despite being a PC game, Ashes has no mouse input whatsoever and doesn't even provide instructions on what the keyboard controls are. And that's just the beginning of the game's problems.
"505 Games' main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name."
"The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a two-year development, couldn't meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors, or our customers," the publisher said in a statement. "505 Games' main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name and that of the ECB and Cricket Australia, and do what we can to recompense the cricket community." According to 505, the unfortunate few who did purchase the game will be contacted soon about getting a refund.