Almost a year ago, I told you about Tiny Death Star, the first Star Wars game to be released since Disney took ownership of the IP. It was cute, fun and addictive, and I hope you played it while it was available because it has been pulled from the App Store and Google Play without warning, even to the developers.
Disney has removed Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team from mobile platforms, ostensibly to focus on other, higher priority titles like Star Wars Commander. Ian Marsh of Tiny Death Star developer Nimblebit says the studio wasn’t informed of the game’s removal beforehand and assumes that Disney simply didn’t feel it was worthwhile to maintain the game any longer. However, as a significant source of revenue for the studio, it hurts them more than it does Disney. Marsh told Game Informer:
We’re very disappointed to see Tiny Death Star shuttered less than a year after launch. We had no prior knowledge that the game would be removed and no longer even have a contact at Disney after the recent layoffs. Suffice to say if you’re a developer looking to partner with Disney this might not be the partnership you’re looking for.
Well, this certainly doesn’t bode well for anyone looking to partner with Disney. The media superpower doesn’t worry about its weaker partners, and the loss of income for the pulled games’ developers isn’t cool. Add to that, these games are all free to play – I feel bad for anyone who used real money, only to find that the game they were playing has disappeared. It’s very poor business practice and will make me (and most consumers) rather wary of buying other Star Wars games without guarantees of continuing support.
Oh, who am I kidding? Star Wars fans will continue supporting the IP, grabbing the games at launch just in case they disappear soon after.
Last Updated: October 6, 2014