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Ashes Cricket 2013 cancelled after negative customer feedback

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Publisher 505 Games announced today the cancellation of Ashes Cricket 2013 following negative consumer feedback after a period of development challenges, Eurogamer reports.

In a statement released by the publisher, issues experienced by developer Trickstar Games were to blame.

"At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced," says a representative for the publisher.

"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. 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."

The game was taken off of Steam this week and is no longer available for purchase, while its official Facebook page has since disappeared. Ashes Cricket 2013 was slated to launch on June 21 in time for the English Ashes series but was delayed until November due to quality issues.

Those who have purchased the game will be contacted shortly with details of a full refund.