Developer Trickstar had faced "unforeseen issues" said the publisher at the time, meaning they'd neglected fine-tuning and polishing "which any game needs." 505 went on say they're "confident" it would be great.
Cricket fans sorely disagree with one user through Steam remarking it's "so bad its unplayable, so not fit for purpose" and therefore qualifying for a full refund.
"When you buy something, consumer law says the item must be fit for purpose," Mr Arthur Spiggot. "For example, a toaster must be able to make toast and a washing machine must be able to wash clothes."
"This game is so bad its unplayable, so not fit for purpose, we should be entitled to our money back."
In response to the poor showing by Ashes Cricket 2013 the title has been pulled from Steam. This shouldn't have happened though as 505 Games admitted the title was in danger of being 'unfit for purpose'of this year, and promised fans that they'd take whatever steps were necessary. What happened?
"It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today. We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. But the fact of the matter is, we took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn’t good enough in its current state. It was simply not worthy of the Ashes name," said 505 Games' Tim Woodley back in July.
"Unforeseen issues which developer Trickstar faced in latter stages of development have meant that they have been unable to do the requisite amount of polishing and fine-tuning which any game needs. We owe it to ourselves, to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, but most of all to the dedicated cricket fans and gamers to put our best foot forward." It would appear you've cashed a rather bad cheque, 505.
"We are confident that the time between now and the second Ashes series will be enough to add the final polish we believe the game needs. We are committed, as we always have been, to releasing a great game and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case," continued SVP of Global Brand & Marketing, Tim Woodley.
How bad is Ashes Cricket 2013? See for yourself below through the witchcraft of YouTube. It is also releasing for Xbox 360 and PS4 at some stage. 505 Games is yet to offer an official comment on this fiasco.