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The original Worms landed on the Play Store way back in early 2011 (when it was still the Android Market), but the launch was far from perfect. Device compatibility was lacking, and force closes all too common. A while back, the game was actually removed from the Play Store.

In fact, it was the Worms franchise's new owner that requested it be taken down. According to Team 17 Digital, EA was "not supporting OS updates," and the company asked for the game to be removed because it "didn't want to damage the brand." Yikes. That's a pretty damning critique of EA's software update support policy, but one I think many Android gaming enthusiasts can sympathize with. The publisher has a rather regrettable tendency to abandon unsuccessful or buggy Android releases, as was the case with Worms.

Team 17, however, is currently working on the next title in the series to be released on Android, Worms 2: Armageddon. The game is already out for iOS, with a highly respectable 4.5 star rating on the App Store, and should be coming to the Play Store this Spring. Let's hope the Android version rises to equal praise, and washes away the damage EA did to the franchise.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Dreno

    And how about the people that paid for the original worms?

    • mgamerz

      Hah! F*** you. We already got your money.

      Sincerely,
      EA

    • Matthew Fry

      SimCity Deluxe is gone but it still shows up as downloadable in my apps list. Not that I want that shit on my phone.

    • http://twitter.com/erstam Erstam

      Yeah wtf. I paid for it too.

    • tomcat84

      Hey, at least I was able to play the game on my HTC Desire back then...

      For about 2 months, then I upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus... hah, no more Worms for me since then.

      That they completely removed it from the Store is just the logical next step. Fuck this.

    • Mathieu Laflamme

      I can't find Worms anymore! It sucked I agree but I paid for it and I didn't expect my apps to disappear before 25 years (Google terms of service)

  • Bariman43

    This has to be a parody article making EA into this big bad villainous corporation. There's no way a company is this stupid in real life. Microtransactions in retail games, day 1 DLC, always-online DRM for Sim City, and now not actually updating their Android games...

    To hell with EA, seriously.

  • Yosef

    Gah, typical EA. My copy of Dead Space and NBA Jam still constantly crash on my phone. And every 'update' they release just breaks them more.
    One of their developers, Firemonkeys, is great though. When Most Wanted came out, it crashed on the map screen, so I emailed them, and they were super helpful and released a fix within a week. Even said they'd do what they could about the other games, as no contact was unacceptable.

  • Danny Holyoake

    New owner? Team 17 have always owned Worms...

    • GazaIan

      Publisher, not developer.

  • Kevin Jones

    Our top story: EA does something that gamers don't like. In other news, fire is hot, water is wet, and Hugo Chavez is dead.

    • Matthew Fry

      Wow. Did not realize Chavez died today. Can't say I'm too worked up about it. I've boycotted Citgo for years.

      • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

        He was democratically elected. Just like the government of Iran we overthrew - and that turned out GREAT.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Admir-Hodzic/1546473432 Admir Hodzic

        You're an idiot chavez was a great man. Dont let the media fool you.

        • Matthew Fry

          That is for history to decide. As for me, I will continue to boycott those who willingly take my money in one hand and vilify me with the other.

  • Benedek Nagy

    i don't know about other devices, but it ran perfectly on my zte blade (cm7.1) back then, and it was a pretty well made game, too

    • Gary Walters

      This is not about EA. This speaks to the fragmentation of Android. How is a developer to support 500 different phones with no restrictions on fiddling with the OS.? Every game in the play store is plagued by "it doesn't work on my phone" reviews or "the same last update broke it on my phone but now it works on my pad."

      • Matthew Fry

        Strange then, how there are tons of 5 star games and apps supporting dozens of devices made by a single developer but an entire dev house bankrolled by EA can't.

        And I just want to be clear that fiddling with the OS is not required to make a game. If EA is fiddling with OSX or Windows, it's to install something invasive and unwanted.

        • Gary Walters

          It's not Easy fiddling with OS it is the phone manufacturer. Also, I would love to know of a game on Android that doesn't have compatibility issues. Just look at games like Temple run. Even Rovio said it took them months to test Angry Birds on Android and only a fraction of the time to test on other platforms.

          • Anthony Deaver

            There is some that and it is due to the fact that there is fragmentation (though I would argue that might not be a bad thing) but this is a clear case of EA, quite plainly, fucking up.

            It's pretty telling when the game is taken out of the store because the publisher can't be bothered to support it.

      • Björn Lundén

        No, they just never updated it. My guess is the team got more experienced after a while because most later titles work fine.

        Many developers say the supposed fragmentation has minimal impact. What Rovio talked about was the difference in performance if I'm not mistaken.

      • John_Merritt

        Bullshit. EA have a ton of games that don't even work on Jelly Bean, so these games just sit on the playstore, month after month with zero updates to work on modern tablets/phones. I would like to play NFS shift on my Nexus 7 yet I cannot due to being incompatible, and it's been like this since I got my N7 last summer. So this is about EA.

  • br_hermon

    I'm not surprised at all! EA is HORRIBLE for support. Because of it I've vowed never to buy EA.

  • whargharbl

    SNAFU

  • Ceois

    YEY! Take that EA!

  • Matthew Fry

    They also took down Simcity Deluxe which was also a good decision as that port was complete shit. It didn't even work. 1,679 1 star reviews. Worst 5 dollars I've ever spent and I will never try SimCity again.

  • user311

    EA sucks monkey balls. None of the games which I bought support my Transformer Infinity. I steer clear of any EA Apps

  • player1

    last game from EA on my phone were dead space & mass effect inf.
    those were good & fun.

    I have no interest in other EA games.

  • Eradd

    AndroidPolice, do you guys have any idea what happened to popcap? Since EA bought them, I have not heard a single fcking thing from them. No updates either. Its a shame, seriously.

    • Oniros

      They got EA'd.

  • bse88

    What have they done besides Worms?

  • primalxconvoy

    Is team 17 going to release worms themselves?

  • Pete Van Wattingen

    That's great and all but how about releasing Worms Armageddon on Steam instead of those awful new titles.

    • Benedek Nagy

      I hope you don't mean only on Steam...

  • Samsung Fanboy

    what about all the people who paid for the game? luckily for me I keep apks on my computer, dropbox and SD card.

  • lyavendare

    You need to honor your agreement with previous sales or refund my money! Sorry I paid for it fair and square.