EA has decided to yank both Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded from the Apple App Store next week, the company revealed. The games and the songs that users have downloaded for it will be unavailable after July 31, though local play will still be available. Electronic Arts said that it was pulling the apps because its licensing agreement with game developer Harmonix was coming to an end.
"EA's licensing agreement with Harmonix is ending and as a result, EA is discontinuing downloads of Rock Band iOS and Rock Band Reloaded iOS on the App Store after July 31," EA said in a FAQ on its web site.
"After this date you will only be able to re-install purchases if they are synched to your iCloud backup," the FAQ continues.
"You will be able to restore your songs by iTunes provided you have an iCloud backup. An iCloud backup can be created before or after July 31 by selecting backup to iCloud in iTunes," the FAQ proclaims.
EA warned Rock Band iOS players earlier this year that the app would no longer be playable after May 31. Apparently that warning was a misfire because EA later pushed a notification to the app telling users to ignore the alert. This latest notification is the real deal...