Epic Games pulls pioneering 'Infinity Blade' trilogy from iOS App Store

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in iOS edited December 2018
Epic Games, developers of worldwide phenomenon Fortnite, on Monday pulled all titles attached to its venerable iOS franchise "Infinity Blade" from the App Store, citing difficulties to maintain support for the apps.

Infinity Blade
Screenshot from Epic's Infinity Blade series for iOS.


As of today, all three of Epic's Infinity Blade games are no longer available for purchase on the iOS App Store, the company announced in a post to its official blog. The removal arrives almost eight years to the day after the first Infinity Blade hit the App Store in 2010.

According to Epic, the development of upcoming game "Spyjinx" and other projects has made it "increasingly difficult" to maintain support for the Infinity Blade series at a high level. Further details surrounding the decision were left unmentioned.

"The Infinity Blade series will always hold a special place for me personally and for Epic as a whole," said Donald Mustard, Global Creative Director at Epic Games. "It's always bittersweet to say goodbye, but we are excited for Spyjinx and what the future holds!"

Epic will continue support for Infinity Blade III, delivering updated Clash Mobs and other "surprises" like special items. As a consolation, the company is making the Infinity Blade Stickers app available to download for free.

As one of the App Store's longest-running franchises, the removal of Infinity Blade comes as a surprise. Over its more than seven years on the App Store, the RPG/fighting series enjoyed both critical acclaim and positive reviews from a following of fans around the world. However, the last installment of series, Infinity Blade III, is now more than five years old, having been released in 2013.

Apple itself promoted the original and its sequels onstage at keynote events, often touting the franchise for being on the bleeding edge of mobile gaming both in terms of graphics and touchscreen mechanics. In 2011, for example, the title was named an Apple Design Award winner.

The timing of today's announcement is curious considering Epic's recent success with breakout hit Fortnite, a game so popular it has enabled the developer to build an online game store to compete with the likes of Valve.

While Infinity Blade is end of life on iOS, its legacy will apparently live on in other Epic titles. A tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter account today teased an upcoming melee weapon that appears modeled after the titular sword.

Existing owners can download each installment from the App Store for the "foreseeable future," though in-app purchases have been disabled, Epic said. Those who deleted the game from their device can re-download by navigating to Account > Purchased > "Not on this [device] in the App Store and tapping on the download icon, presented as a cloud with a downward-facing arrow.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Is this the price of switching from Open GL to Metal 2?
    edited December 2018 yojimbo007muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Maybe App store fee negotiation tactics? or Fortnite taking most resources?
  • Reply 3 of 11
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,230member
    ...re-download by navigating to Account > Purchased > "Not on this [device] in the App Store and tapping on the download icon, presented as a cloud with a downward-facing arrow.
    Wow, I did not know this. I just got Things back without having to pony up for the new version.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 1,882member
    Seems pretty clear what this means. New sales from these games aren’t enough to make enough of a profit, so they’re cutting off “support” costs, which includes App Store costs and insuring they still run on each version of iOS.

    I’m actually a little surprised they stayed up this long. They must still be on the market somewhere, though, if you can download them from the “Purchased” section. Did we not learn that apps are lost to consumers from even that section when the developer pulls out of the App Store globally?
    Deelron
  • Reply 5 of 11
    No one buys it anymore. Andepic wants to be known for new stuff... not the least of which is their own new app (game) Store...
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Maybe App store fee negotiation tactics? or Fortnite taking most resources?
    Fortnite is where they’re making the vast majority of their profits, so they’re going to ride that gravy train.

    The Infinity Blade franchise is a waste of resources... It was innovative about a decade ago.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 195unconfirmed, member
    Sucks. This was the game to showcase iPhone power. Same with Real Racing but these games haven't seen new versions in a long time.

    What sucks is the fans of the game who bought it get their app revoked. This has happened to me too many times and it sucks that an app you buy isn't guaranteed to be yours a year later.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,514member
    Maybe App store fee negotiation tactics? or Fortnite taking most resources?
    Fortnite is where they’re making the vast majority of their profits, so they’re going to ride that gravy train.

    The Infinity Blade franchise is a waste of resources... It was innovative about a decade ago.
    That's how I read it.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Do as fish do. Move to the food.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Sucks. This was the game to showcase iPhone power. Same with Real Racing but these games haven't seen new versions in a long time.

    What sucks is the fans of the game who bought it get their app revoked. This has happened to me too many times and it sucks that an app you buy isn't guaranteed to be yours a year later.
    Most of us have had this for 8 years...value has been fulfilled bro...
  • Reply 11 of 11
    zimmiezimmie Posts: 195member
    What sucks is the fans of the game who bought it get their app revoked. This has happened to me too many times and it sucks that an app you buy isn't guaranteed to be yours a year later.
    What are you talking about? Applications only disappear if [I]Apple[/I] removes them. If the developer removes them, you can always redownload the latest version for your device by following the directions in the last paragraph of the article.
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