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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - The Sunday afternoon post on one of the forums at Epic Games said it all – the first big fix failed to fumigate the problems hampering “Infinity Blade II,” one of the most hyped titles this year for Apple mobile games.

“We appreciate the patience and feedback we’ve received from those still experiencing issues with Infinity Blade 2. We will continue to work on these issues until they are resolved and provide additional information ASAP. In the meantime, please see our FAQ for suggestions.”

So read the post.

Here’s another update in a weekend of bad news:

“We are investigating a known technical issue with iPod touch (4th gen) running OS 4.3/5.0/5.0.1 as well as the original iPad with OS 4.2/4.3/5.0/5.0.1. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience, and are currently working on a fix that will be deployed as quickly as possible.”

The grim announcements came less than 24 hours after Epic posted updates saying the bugs had been fixed.

“We are happy to announce we have just released an update for Infinity Blade 2,” Epic said Saturday night. “The update is available now on the App Store. The update contains balance tweaks, optimizations, and various bug fixes.This update should also address issues affecting a small percentage of iPad 1 and iPod touch (4th gen) devices that are experiencing crashes.”

User reaction was mixed:

“Hey, we appreciate your efforts,” wrote one. “The update has made things more playable on the iPhone 4 (for me), but there are still a lot of areas where the frame rate drops a lot, however it’s better than it was on the launch release version.”

Added another: “Crash on Title Screen … Don’t think it works on iTouch 4th gen (including 16 GB, 32GB, 64 GB) based on the other reviews.

“Apparently it also crashes on iPad.

“I’m sure an update will soon be released. But until now, iPad 1 and iTouch 4 users should not buy this game.

“PS. I have 3+ GB of free space. I’m pretty sure that’s enough space for Infinity Blade II.”

Added another: “Still doesn’t work … Crashes upon boot on ipod touch 4g. Why haven’t they fixed this?! Bugged”

Despite the bugs and failure to eradicate the problems, Blade II still topped the iTunes app download chart over the weekend.

Epic and its subsidiary Chair Entertainment released Infinity Blade II on Thursday. 

Apple even touted the game in the launch of its latest iPhone 4S. The first one generated more than $20 million in sales.

It will be interesting to see if this bug hurts Infinity Blade II sales overall. It’s $6.99 to download.

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