iOS fighting game fans know that The King of Fighters-i [$6.99], SNK Playmore’s longtime rival to the Street Fighter series, is one of the best fighting games on the App Store. We absolutely loved it when it released last July, and the following September saw a new update that sweetened the pot with 6 new characters and a new Challenge Mode.

We haven’t really heard much from the game since then, but yesterday a new update hit for King of Fighters-i that was pretty confusing. The update text listed all of the “new” characters that were already a part of last September’s update, and it didn’t really sound like there was actually anything new being added.

As it turns out, there was some sort of glitch with the update and if you download it and sync it to your device, you’ll actually LOSE those 6 additional characters as well as any of the items or data that you’ve accumulated. Since some of that stuff can be really time consuming to unlock, this can be pretty devastating if you’ve invested heavily in The King of Fighters-i.

SNK Playmore is aware of the problem, and warns in the app description not to update your game until they figure out what the heck is going on. It sounds like they actually DO have some new content planned, and they guess it should be about a week before they figure out what happened and come out with a fix for The King of Fighters-i. We’ll keep our eye out for that but in the meantime hold off on updating your game so you don’t end up losing your data.

[Thanks Ben]

  • Adams Immersive

    Oops!

    Question: can a developer pull the app instantly from the App Store in cases like this, and then have it easily re-instated when fixed? I know that’s not ideal in other ways, but as a developer I’d been tempted to yank the plug and make sure no accidental updates happened.

    • Schnapple

      I'm not sure if you can pull individual updates (i.e., oh crap 1.1 is bad roll the live version back to 1.0 until we figure this out) but I think you can. 

      If you pull the whole app you lose any sales you would have had but I'm not sure if that's worse than the implications of this update.

      • Adams Immersive

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking: pull the whole app; there would be lost sales/rankings, but I wouldn’t want sales of a defective version anyway.

        I don’t think you can roll back to an earlier version (without re-uploading as a new version) but you can pull it—I’ve seen it happen. But I don’t know if it’s easy to pull-and-reinstate, or if it’s a big hairy deal, coordinated with Apple developer support or something. Or maybe it goes through re-approval as if it were brand new, and gets a new URL, or some other hassle? It would be cool if it were simple to do.

  • Renovate myspace

    Doh!

    Answer: according to google, developer can petition Jared to give iTunes a taste of his pimp hand. Theoretically slapping the app out of existence.

  • bigrand1

    Too late! Got screwed! Can't believe it!

  • Arthur Hogemann

    I didn't lost my data ... am I lucky? o0

  • HXeROes HIM

    almost updated
    it's good that SNK is aware of the preoblem
    ,but i wonder how could it happen.....