Square Enix drops The World Ends With You: Solo Remix

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The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is a port of the original DS game to iOS and Android, but ever since iOS 8 the game broke and was target of numerous rage reviews. SE claimed that it was working on a fix, but failed to deliver one even after 5 months since the release of iOS 8. This is what SE had to say:

“Upon examining the impact of recent iOS updates to the title, we determined that the affected areas were greater than originally assumed,” a representative told us via email. “We were working to address this matter, however, the title has been regrettably pulled from the Store. Square Enix is actively working with all related parties to make available the software update; however at this time, we are unable to communicate a clear and adequate timeline. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to determine a solution.”

The official website of the game has received a 404 treatment, indicating that this game has been abandoned. As far as the Android port goes, it's still available, but there are contradicting reports of users claiming the game crashes immediately upon start on Android 5 and needs a fix. My copy of the game does indeed crash on my Shield Tablet with Android 5.

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Guess this is just another reason to give up on hoping for one of my favorite games of all time to get a sequel
 

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So basically they coded it so shittily major parts of it didn't survive a bunch of iOS updates. Sure, SE. Sure.
 

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So basically they coded it so shittily major parts of it didn't survive a bunch of iOS updates. Sure, SE. Sure.


ISO 8 has been said to have broken just over 50k apps when it first went live so I wouldn't put the whole blame on SE, even if it is a hip thing to do these days. ISO 8 is like a brand new OS. 90% of iso's code was remade entirely for iso 8.
 

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Use the standard and supported APIs in the way they were designed for: Your app will be future proof.
Do hacky programming with undocumented or obsolete methods, using the APIs in a way they were not designed for: Your app will break after one or two updates of the APIs.

That's life SE.
 
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ISO 8 has been said to have broken just over 50k apps when it first went live so I wouldn't put the whole blame on SE, even if it is a hip thing to do these days. ISO 8 is like a brand new OS. 90% of iso's code was remade entirely for iso 8.
There's also like a million apps on the app store. Chances are they used API features in a way that was allowed, but not intended. iOS 8 probably just fixed that behavior, thus breaking all apps that used the API wrongly. Even though this IS Apple we're talking about, I REALLY, REALLY doubt they'd change the way the API works externally from update to update. Pretty sure even they're not that stupid.
 

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Pretty sure even they're not that stupid.


IDK. Google updates their APIs once a year. Plus I remember reading apple didn't intend for apps to be broken and were working on a.....Never mind, I just remembered while typing this, Apple did warn devs to switch to the updated APIs cause the old APIs allowed private info to be stolen from users.
 

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IDK. Google updates their APIs once a year. Plus I remember reading apple didn't intend for apps to be broken and were working on a.....Never mind, I just remembered while typing this, Apple did warn devs to switch to the updated APIs cause the old APIs allowed private info to be stolen from users.
API updates are not that weird, but usually you at least keep deprecated functions unless there's a really good reason not to (like security here). And often API updates just mean functions get added or maybe renamed, which would be an easy find+replace task. Removing functionality is rare for obvious reasons (breaking anything that relies on that functionality).
 

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Funnily enough. there's a fix for this on cydia.
To be honest, in this particular case that might not mean much. If they heavily used one specific feature that changed behavior on a system level that caused it to break, then there's nothing they can do on their end except rewrite the whole thing. Cydia tweaks have system level access though, so they can do a lot of things normal apps can't, and might be able to revert that to the old behavior or something. Of course it could also mean SE is just lazy, but in this case you can't really tell just based on the existence of a tweak that fixes it.
 
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