Windows Phone Marketplace fails to update on time. Frustrated gamers can't get their Harvest on

As Windows Phone fans who stay up till the wee hours probably know, the Marketplace usually updates with new apps and price drops between 10 PM and midnight PST. Thus the new Xbox Live game and Deal of the Week are available by the time most people get up on Wednesday mornings.

This week, however, there seem to be a wrench and possibly a squirrel in the works. As of 10 AM PST, Lunar Lander still isn’t available for purchase and The Harvest is not showing its discounted price. There are no new Non-Xbox Live apps either.

Did the guy at Microsoft who throws the switch on Marketplace updates call in sick? Is this just some technical error? Or is there something more sinister at work? With Sony’s recent and well-publicized shutdown of PSN due to malicious hackery, many gamers are on edge where online services are concerned.

The Marketplace’s stalled update will likely be resolved later today. Cleaning squirrel guts takes time! We’ve contacted the good folks at Microsoft, who are aware of the problem. We’ll let you know as soon as they have more information to share or the update goes through.

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Come on get the sedurity update out for everyone then worry about the marketplace!
  • Sounds like FUD
  • No way! I just brought up the possibilities because they're interesting. There's no denying that a problem has occurred.
  • This explains why my ZuneNuze app is still sitting at v1.0 even though v1.1 was approved and pushed to MP yesterday.
  • Still not updated :(Come on MS! I want to spend money...
  • Harvest is now showing $4.99 for me.
  • "...are available by the time most people get up on Wednesday mornings."Such Microsoft thinking you have. The lucrative market for Windows Phone, which is also the fasted growing smartphone market, and is also the least iphone saturated market, is Asia. This American mentality for Microsoft is really killing their strategy for Windows Phone. The time most people get up... what, are you calling Asians non-people or something. Or just suffering ignoramus americanis.If Microsoft can get it through their thick skulls that their target market for Windows Phone should be *the world* they might get a few more hundred million sales. The sales disaster for Windows Phone so far has been due to one factor - a focus on the American market when they should have focused on fastest growing markets.
  • That's a ridiculous comment. Microsoft is an American company and America is the primary market for Windows Phone, not that other markets don't matter.