Zombies, Run! gets updated then runs for the door, abandons Windows Phone
Zombies, Run! is a fairly popular Windows Phone app that mixed exercise with adventure. The developer has released a maintenance update for Zombies, Run! along with an announcement that they will no longer support the Windows Phone platform.
For those not familiar with Zombies, Run!, it's a running/jogging app where you listen to missions during your daily runs/walks that pits you against an angry hoard of zombies. As the mission progresses you earn or collect supplies. After your run, you use the supplies at your your base township. The town in turn uses the supplies to support growth and as your town grows, more missions become available. All totaled there are 35 missions with over 45 runs worth of game play. The concept was to have additional runs added but apparently that no longer is an option.
The update fixes a handful of bugs that included:
- Mission progression unblocked
- Base-building improvements
- ZombieLink syncing kinks ironed out
- Pause/Resume functionality fixed
In addressing the decision to head for the door, the developer was delighted to bring Zombies, Run! to Windows Phone but...
While disappointed in leaving Windows Phone, the only viable option in the developer's opinion is to focus on iOS and Android.
There was no indication if the developer was going to leave the current version in the Store permanently or eventually pull it. Just to be on the safe side, if you're currently enjoying Zombies, Run!, I'm not sure I'd uninstall it. The move is a little surprising seeing the popularity of Zombies, Run! and maybe the developer will decide to maintain the Windows Phone version.
For those interested in picking up the game, there is a free trial version available and the full version is currently running $7.99. You can find Zombies, Run! here in the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone Store.
Source: Zombies, Run! (opens in new tab); Thanks, Travis, for the tip!
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Here is the reply to my email;
Jem, Dec 17 04:05 pm (GMT):
Thanks for your email!
While we won't be updating Zombies, Run! for Windows Phone in the future, the game is complete and perfectly playable on Windows devices. Sadly, we cannot justify developing Zombies, Run! 2 for Windows devices but, as I say, this doesn't affect Zombies, Run!, which is currently available on the platform and is feature complete.
All the best,
MS is slowly chipping away at market share, but I guess too slowly to justify development costs vs user base.
At this point, we can only speculate as to the WHY, but we know that it SUCKS.
The number of shit apps always out-weighs the number of good apps on any platform (phone, PC, Console, etc).
You are confusing the issue. As the saying goes, the cream always rises to the top. So you have 5+ years of curation from user reviews, enthusiasts sites, and Apple's internal team. So most of the time you are presented with the top 1% of apps in the store through internet buzz, or word of mouth, or by feature spotlights. Doesn't mean the other 99% aren't mediocre or crap or have even been downloaded once.
Also if you are unhappy just leave, make some apps yourself, or stop bitchin.
Microsoft isn't helping with their own apps. Skype is still in beta. Photosynth is still a no-show. They are handing over XBox games. They will be offering Office. There are no unique apps to Windows Phone and the multi-platform apps are vanishing. I hope someone at Microsoft HQ is starting to panic. I can't afford to just jump ship, but if I could, I'd HAVE to consider it.
This is the third app I have loved that the devs have quit on whilst I've been with WP7. First was Runkeeper, second Carbon and now this. I absolutely love Windows Phone, but it is starting to get to the stage where I will go back to iOS just because I know the devs are there and will continue to put in the effort as they know they will get the results they want. The momentum iOS/ Android already have is carrying them through, and smaller devs are unwilling to stretch to WP7. I can understand it, even if I don't like it.
This shows growth over the last 3 months in many areas of the world, and only includes maybe a few weeks of the WP8 launch. Its all uphill from here.
If you are going to leave, then have a firesale, or pull the app from the store. There are going to be some people unaware that they are abandoning the app, and will pay $8 for it, only to have it not be supported. New customers are being taken advantage of, in my opinion.
BTW, one reason it might have been floundering on WP - IT DIDN'T WORK PROPERLY! I stopped enjoying it because it NEVER saved your progress. Every time I went out for a run it started right back at the beginning of the Story - that got old real quick. Add in that it's reading if announcements didn't work reliably if you were listening to a podcast instead of music, that it only had a single pacing, fast running, no walking and in the final analysis it was a great idea but badly flawed. For $8 it should have been flawless.
Supporting an app on WP Isn't hard. The hardware and OS breadth are very limited compared to iOS and positively miniscule compared to Roid. No excuses, this was a Dev version if a Smash and Grab robbery and they should be banned from the platform for good. Personally, I won't spend a dime on any of their apps on my iOS or Roid devices. Bunch of Thieves!
Financial and technical reasons sounds to me that the WP developer asked for more money and the owner rejected. Probably is made by a 3rd party who asked for more money, who knows?
I asked on twitter if they will keep the app on the marketplace and will just discontinue the updates. That would be not-so-bad news.
Even if you suddenly decide to bring back the app I will never, ever, EVER, buy it.
Thanks for no support at all,
A HTC 8x owner.
P.s. Are the technical reasons 'because you suck' anything to do with it?
on a side note where can one go to learn to program apps for WP? is there some central location?