Earlier we reported that some of Marvel’s fighting games, as well as their associated DLC, were being removed from PSN and Xbox Live. It seems that was just the tip of the iceberg, since Gameinformer is reporting that other games have recently followed suit as well.
What’s worse is that even Steam has been affected this time, with High Moon Studios’ Deadpool game being chief among those removed. According to Game Informer this extends to Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men: The Official Game, X-Men Destiny, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well. All of these games have been removed from whatever digital delivery services they were available on and it is assumed that they will not be back.
A NeoGaf thread is exploring the issue, and seems to play it off as typical licensing expiration dates, but this will no doubt set a dangerous precedent in our very digital distribution heavy hobby.
Deadpool had only been out six months, which makes this all the more shocking. Granted sales (and reviews) for the title were low, but it seems like an awfully short time to give up on the game.
Until then, gamers will have to track down physical copies of the games if they wish to play them, although it’s unlikely that any more will be shipped to stores.