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Cricket video game set to feature Exeter team is cancelled

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

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A video game that was set to feature The University of Exeter Men's Cricket Club has been pulled from sale.

Publisher 505 Games has apologised and said refunds would be given after the game was branded "shameful", "embarrassing" and "farcical".

The Exeter team was set to feature alongside some of the best cricketers in the world in the 2013 Ashes computer game after winning a competition set up by 505 Games.

Exeter fought off tough competition from 288 teams to win the competition which offered one club from both the UK and Australia the opportunity to have eleven players appear as a team in the game.

Exeter beat Oxford Brookes University to first place with some help from Hugh Grant, Gary Linkeker, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne, who all showed their support on Twitter. See links below

The game had already been delayed by several months, and will now be abandoned entirely.

Photos of the winning team and their home ground would have been used by the developers to build the team into the game.

505 Games blamed the poor quality Australian-based Trickstar Games - the developer contracted to make the game.

"The development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset," 505 Games told the BBC..

"The chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket game development experience, was unable to overcome the unexpected challenges that the chosen game engine threw up, even with multiple extensions to the development schedule.

"At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced."

The company went on to apologise to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia, as well as various sponsors involved in the series.

It added: "Our deepest apologies, however, are reserved for the fans of cricket and cricket games worldwide."

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