2K Games' 2K Drive has been pulled from the App Store, and is getting its online features shut down later this year, according to 2K. The game will see its Game Center logins and IAP disabled starting on February 12th, with the servers eventually going offline on April 13th. Players with balances in the game will be able to spend their currency until the April shutoff, but once the online component's gone, it can't be used. The game still has an offline component to it, so it's not entirely dead, but the future isn't exactly bright for this game.

While there's probably fair enough reasons to shut this off, and it's not entirely dead, it doesn't exactly leave a good taste in people's mouths. It's why the Game Insight strategy of not shutting down older games so as not to anger those loyal players might be smarter. Plus, it's not like mobile gamers have a positive opinion of 2K right now, either โ€“ BioShock still hasn't been fixed, after all. And if an iOS update breaks 2K Drive? I mean, crazier things have happened, but I wouldn't hold out hope.

[h/t: Brett Nolan of AppAddict.net]

  • pillzhereish

    I've always thought that this was the best racing game on the App Store... and I've always hoped that it would be updated some day... This really sucks and I'm banning 2K from all my future purchases.

    • pillzhereish

      Well it was far from perfect, I could have used some updates to balance a few things, but it was really enjoyable.

  • jgeirge

    Game was garbage soooo

    • speedyph

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

    • Anonomation

      This game could have possibly been the best racing "simulator" on the AppStore if it had been updated. The old team from Blizzard game, who made Blur and the amazing PGR (Project Gotham Racing) games made this.

  • curtisrshideler

    Gotta love online games in a fast-changing digital world.

  • nav1

    Ok, note to self, never buy again from big companies, trust only smaller indies who do keep their apps updated. I can understand no longer supporting online features, but removing the app entirely, even from my purchased apps, is a horrible practice.

    • speedyph

      Yea I feel u bro ๐Ÿ˜€

    • dancj

      It's still showing in my Purchased Apps so you're probably alright in that respect.

      • chief78

        Article states as of Feb 12th

      • dancj

        That's when IAPs are disabled. It doesn't say anything about removing it from your purchase history.

  • gmattergames

    Shame on "the man".

    • Aragorn01

      "Ms. Mullins, you're the man!"

  • islesfan

    Not that those who bought this game deserve to have it shut down, but it was a steaming pile of crap. It was a premium price (and I did buy it) with freemium play. It simply couldn't hold up to RR3 (with its awful freemium model) or GT Racing 2 (with its best in class freemium model).

    • Sick of Labour

      Yep, I distinctly remember 2K and the developers promising it was a proper premium game and it wouldn't have any of the F2P rubbish in other racing games. What with this and the Bioshock debacle it's clear 2K just can't be trusted on the App Store.

      • islesfan

        The problem is, they have some great games too. Their NBA franchise is excellent. Their NHL is great too, if not as awesome. Even WWE 2K is a great game. Then there is XCOM... They just had a big miss with 2K Drive.

      • And_75

        Nhl doesn't work on 6s plus. They never fixed it. Wasted money

    • err404

      RR3 at its core is an amazing game. What I wouldn't pay for a proper premium release.

      • apolloa

        Oh you're sooo right, but it's EA and they will NEVER do that, unfortunately.

  • iSniperHD

    2k always finds a way to finesse you for your money. first bioshock now this ? we pay so much money just to rent their games. I refuse to buy another one of their games and that's final!

    • speedyph

      Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ok

  • snowbro6

    I remember this being really awful. The graphics were good, but the handling was crap.

  • Aaron C

    This was by far the most realistic racing sim on the app store (which is why many people probably hated the controls!).. a lack of tracks and crappy UI really let it down ๐Ÿ™ It was SO close to being amazing.

  • Quazonk

    What would surprise me much more than this game being shut down next month would be if anyone at all were still playing this game.

  • Cheuk Seto

    This game was very ambitious. But at the end of the day, RR3 really took over as the one and only "real" racing game on my phone with consistent content updates and real life tracks. I really wanted 2k drive to succeed but graphically and control wise they were way behind RR3.

  • Marc Matranga

    I purchased an iPad pro 2 weeks ago. Beautiful device. However I could not transfer monster hunter, bioshock didn't work, all me EA games not working, bunch of Sega games no longer on App Store. I paid for all these games. Plus all the freemium bs really has turned me off on iOS gaming. I don't plan to spend any more money on iOS games. I returned my iPad pro and I'm getting a razer blade stealth instead. I'll use steam from now on. Sorry Apple I'm out.

  • RunningWild

    Agreed. If Apple won't take gaming seriously, then I won't waste any more money. I'll stick with console gaming that ensures what you pay for will not be broken by a firmware update.