The Afterpulse, from Digital Legends, was released for the Apple TV much to my surprise and joy in 2015! I had been watching the progress on the iOS version and was happy to give it a shot on the Apple TV. The graphics were amazing and the gameplay was very well done, though the fact that there was no Y-Axis invert option was a little disappointing to me as that is what I always use and have since FPS games started showing up in the early 90’s.
The game was not interchangeable between the iOS and tvOS versions. But I was hopeful that I would be playing an updated version for a long time to come. But alas, like so many other Apple TV games, support was suspended very early in it’s Apple TV lifecycle. Not only that, but there are some very glaring issues with the version that they are still allowing to be downloaded that Digital Legends seem to have no interest in looking into.
As you can see, the game has not been updated since December of 2015! Yes, that’s right, December of 2015! The Apple TV software itself (tvOS) has been through quite a few updates since then and the game has not been checked for compatibility and kept up to date and it’s obvious when you play the game.
The lighting and coloring are no longer correct. It is absolutely overpowering and almost impossible for me to play as it looks hideous. Yes, it looks hideous and the beautiful, lifelike, photorealistic environments I had gotten used to seeing are now alien looking. I cannot be the only one having this issue as I have deleted and re-downloaded the game numerous times to make sure I was covering all of my bases and have spoken to others that are having the same issue.
Look at the screenshot below. Looks great right?
This issue infects all the maps in some way or another though some are better than others and some areas in the maps are less intensely discolored than others. But I simply cannot play the game anymore due to it. Maybe other players can deal with it, but I cannot and to be perfectly honest, I shouldn’t have to. They released the game which was awesome. They decided not to support it with new content updates anymore. That’s fine, I can deal with that. But to not release and updated version to fix bugs like this?! Doesn’t feel right.
I put a lot of money into this game and not only does the developer ignore (maybe that’s a bit harsh, but you get my point) the fact that the game is problematic, but when I deleted the game and reinstalled it, I lost everything I had obtained! Hundreds of dollars gone. Just like that. Apparently, there is nothing that can be done?
When I first tried to contact them on Facebook, there was no response and has not been since then. I am in the process of requesting some information on whether or not I can get my save back from the game. I have all of my receipts from iTunes and I have hope that they will try to help in some way, but maybe I should simply give up. Even if I can get items back or my credits back or even a refund, why would I want to play a game that the developer is not even willing to update something as important as the lighting and shading?!
The menus still look as they should. I don’t notice any issues there. But the maps are where this counts and it’s a real shame as the game is gorgeous when done right.
Listen, I know that games on the Apple TV platform do not make a lot of money. The user base who plays these games is simply too small. But I can’t believe that something like this would still be made available when having these issues and more importantly, that Digital Legends would let it go like that. Where is the sense of pride here? I guess that doesn’t matter much? Again, maybe I’m being too harsh here and I know that this is more about money and resources than anything else.
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