Sunday, September 29, 2013

Powergrids and iOS 7

I've had a chance to look into the issue(s) causing Powergrids 1.2 to crash at startup on iPads running iOS 7.

Unfortunately, it appears that Apple has made significant changes between iOS 6.1 and iOS 7 that make it impractical for me to produce an update to the game to resolve this issue without a considerable investment of time and effort.

As such, I have opted to reduce the price of the app in the iOS App Store to "FREE" (though it may take a day or so for that change to be reflected in all the App Stores worldwide) and will no longer be supporting it.

While I sympathize with those of you who purchased the game and can no longer play it as a result of updating your device to iOS 7, please keep in mind that Apple's decision to alter and/or remove aspects of their operating system is something that I have no control over whatsoever.

You might ask why I don't just remove the app from the store entirely? There are two reasons:

  1. To the best of my knowledge, "Powergrids" still functions properly on iPhones and iPod Touches running iOS 7 and I see no reason to deny people the opportunity to download and play it on those devices.
  2. It's entirely possible that a future iOS update could fix the issue that is currently causing the game to crash on iPads running iOS 7.0-7.0.2– in which case things would simply return to normal.
As much as I would love to see "Powergrids" remain a viable app on all relevant iOS devices and versions, I simply do not have the resources to address this issue and don't see that changing any time soon.

As many of you know, I am no longer actively working as an independent game developer and am only providing this information as a courtesy to those of you who purchased "Powergrids" and to address the issue publicly.

Again, I am very sorry that the game is no longer functioning for some of you. If anything about this changes in the future, I will certainly let everyone know but for now things are in Apple's hands. Their changes caused the issue. They could certainly resolve it but there's no guarantee either way.

If anyone has any additional questions, I will do my best to address them but keep in mind that my time is extremely limited so I may not be able to respond right away.