Retro Racing dev "gutted" after game disappears from the App Store

"It's going to be extremely hard to recover from this."

3rd March 2012 App of the Day Retro Racing has disappeared from the App Store.

Its developer, Jamie Woodhouse, contacted Eurogamer to say he was in talks with Apple and hoped to see the game restored to the virtual shop sooner rather than later.

Woodhouse suspects Retro Racing's removal was sparked by the migration of his iOS developer account from a personal to a business type.

Now, sales of the game have plummeted from between 1000 and 3000 sales a day to zero - something Woodhouse feels will be hard to recover from.

"It may take several days for the banking issue to resolve itself, and my game to get back on the App Store," he said. "When it's back, chart position will be low, the game will not be visible, and new people won't find out about it. I guess it's going to be extremely hard to recover from this; but, you never know.

"How do I feel? I guess I feel a mix of emotions right now. A bit gutted, obviously. Upset and concerned over lost sales. Small, vulnerable, isolated; it's just me on my own here, and I do literally everything and often feel I over stretch myself. I had no co-workers for support (or to bitch and moan to). Also, it all happened at the worse possible time (as I got exposure in The Sun)."

But: "I also feel quite philosophical and hopeful." Woodhouse vowed to support the game with updates and work on new iOS games, despite his troubles.

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