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Activision's Marvel titles pulled from digital stores

Activision's Marvel titles pulled from digital stores

Deadpool is the most surprising casualty of the cull as the game has only been out for six months.

Several Marvel comics-based games published by Activision have been removed from Steam, Playstation Network and Xbox Live.

The titles being de-listed include Deadpool, which was recently featured in one of the daily deals during the Steam Holiday Sale. Other titles removed included a series of Spider-Man games, X-Men: Origins - Wolverine and X-Men: Destiny.

Anything previously purchased on Steam will still be available to download, but the storefront page for the affected titles now just shows a trailer and no option to buy.

To mark their removal, the games being were also marked down in price on console storefronts for the run up to New Year's Eve when they would become unavailable.

The games have been removed due to Activision's Marvel license expiring. In addition to the removal from digital storefronts, once retailers run out of stock on the affected games, they will not be replenished either. This is a particular surprise with the aforementioned Deadpool which was only released six months ago.

Despite this license expiring, Activision's rights to the video game adaptation of the Spider-Man film series reboot is still in place with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 expected to release in April 2014.

Capcom has also been affected by the same issue with its Marvel license expiring at the same time, resulting in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3 being pulled from Playstation Network and Xbox Live.

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Blademrk 2nd January 2014, 11:24 Quote
looks like I'll have to track down a copy of Deadpool soon then
barny2767 2nd January 2014, 13:14 Quote
I was going to buy Deadpool in the steam sale today if it was still on offer but guess I wont be anymore.
Dave Lister 2nd January 2014, 13:14 Quote
A few things seem to be going missing from Steam recently which I find rather worrying. Last week I was reading that Order of war had not only been pulled but was not even playable anymore to people who'd bought it. And yesterday I'd been looking for the Character creator for Saints Row the third and saw no sign of it. Also Dirt 2 has disappeared now for no apparent reason !

The trend is very worrying as I only buy steam games now and don't want any of them to start vanishing from my games list.
Corky42 2nd January 2014, 15:12 Quote
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And yesterday I'd been looking for the Character creator for Saints Row the third and saw no sign of it.
Apologies if i found the wrong thing, but when you say character creator do you mean the Inauguration Station ?

Back OT, if a publisher wants to stop selling their game that's up to them.
It would seem Activision may have been lent on by Marvel, as some Capcom games have also been pulled. https://twitter.com/OneOfSwords/status/418444711305940992

Whats disgraceful is when a publisher removes a game people have payed for from their library, such as mentioned by Dave Lister when Square Enix not only shutdown the servers for Order of War: Challenge, but also deleted the game from peoples library.
Dave Lister 2nd January 2014, 16:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
And yesterday I'd been looking for the Character creator for Saints Row the third and saw no sign of it.
Apologies if i found the wrong thing, but when you say character creator do you mean the Inauguration Station ?

It's the same as that one, but its the one for saints row 3 I was after.. Just had a hunt around for the link and found it was back up: http://store.steampowered.com/app/55370/

Cheers Corky, I had given up yesterday but it's now downloading :)
Malfrex 2nd January 2014, 17:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
The trend is very worrying as I only buy steam games now and don't want any of them to start vanishing from my games list.

Order of War was a unique situation with regards to Steam. It had an always online DRM scheme and the publisher (Konami, I believe) decommed the servers. Because of this if they had left it in the store for people to download (who had purchased it previously) they'd be wasting drive space as they'd never be able to play it again unless the publisher released a patch to absolve the online DRM.

With these Activision games you can no longer PURCHASE them but if you already have it in your library you will continue to be able to download/reinstall it. The purchasing option is what has been disabled on steam, which has happened with other titles as well.
Corky42 2nd January 2014, 17:39 Quote
@Malfrex, Just asking as i was told Order of War had some single player element to it, have i been misinformed ?
Also i think it reflects badly on the publisher/developer if they don't issue a patch to remove the need for servers side checking DRM, otherwise it just gives people more reasons to use software with the DRM removed instead of paying for it.
Cerberus90 2nd January 2014, 19:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Also Dirt 2 has disappeared now for no apparent reason !

The trend is very worrying as I only buy steam games now and don't want any of them to start vanishing from my games list.


I know Dirt 3 is switching over to Steam from GfWL, maybe they're doing the same with Dirt 2.

Or it could just be they've run out of keys. Seen that message on a few games on steam recently, I mean, there's got to be a limited number of keys hasn't there. Once a shop sells all copies it has, it can't magic more if they're not being made anymore.
TreeDude 2nd January 2014, 19:21 Quote
Capcom announced this on their blog for MvC2&3 weeks ago. XBLA had a sale and I snagged MvC2 before it was gone. That is a great game that went for $70 used on the PS1 and DC before the XBLA and PSN version was released.

I hate seeing these games get pulled. Usually they try and put them on sale before it happens. If The Simpsons and X-Men Arcade had been on sale I would have bought them for sure. I have many fond memories of playing both those games in the arcade as a kid.
loftie 3rd January 2014, 06:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
@Malfrex, Just asking as i was told Order of War had some single player element to it, have i been misinformed ?
Also i think it reflects badly on the publisher/developer if they don't issue a patch to remove the need for servers side checking DRM, otherwise it just gives people more reasons to use software with the DRM removed instead of paying for it.

If i remember the article correctly, there were single player elements but they still required the login servers to be active in order to use them. The game was basically useless.
Corky42 3rd January 2014, 08:56 Quote
Thanks for clearing that up for me, it does scream don't buy games from Square Enix in the future though if they are not willing to patch the game to remove the need for login servers.
Blademrk 17th January 2014, 17:45 Quote
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looks like I'll have to track down a copy of Deadpool soon then

Just picked up a copy in Tesco, was priced up at £15 on the shelf but came up as £3.75 at the till... Result!
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