October wasn’t a good month for fans of Star Wars: Assault Team. Instead of improving the game, Disney force choked Assault Team and removed it permanently from iTunes and Google Play. Just imagine the anger of gamers who purchased in-app items from the game with real money.
What on Earth happened? Why was the game pulled out after only 7 months from its launch date? Was the game that bad?
Last year, the Star Wars Force Collection was bashed heavily by gamers due to its repetitive game play and annoying micromanagement. However, a lot of fans praised Assault Team for being a better game than its predecessor.
The campaign of Assault Team is heavily inspired by the Star Wars universe. The setting and story elements are meticulously presented, including the Wookie home and the innermost depths of the Imperial Star Destroyer. Similar to the movies, certain missions of the game require players to engage in a duel with some of the Imperial droids and rebels.
The game retained its classic card-battler formula, but it had a lot of improvements. The graphics were also much better than its predecessor, and the Star Wars-inspired sounds are spot-on. If Disney wanted to pull out a game from the mobile markets, why didn’t it pull out Force Collection?
According to Pocket Gamer and Game Informer, Assault Team was permanently removed from the mobile stores because Disney and Lucasfilm want to focus their efforts on other high-priority games such as the Clash of Clans rip-off Star Wars Commander. Apart from that very reason, both companies didn’t give specific details as to why Assault Team was specifically chosen.
Entertainment site Pocket Fruity’s operator, Gaming Realms, said that games account for over 50% of smartphone app usage. Perhaps Disney wants to capitalize on this fact so it’s doing everything it can to herd players into games that would bring the company the most revenue.
But if money’s the real issue here, why didn’t just Disney leave the game in the mobile markets as is? Assault Team is a good stand-alone game that didn’t need regular updates. Besides, some people spent real money in the game and it’s unfair for them not to be able to play something that they’ve paid for. Do you think Assault Team deserved to be cut from the long line of Star Wars games? Share with us your sentiments in the comments section below.