It seems that an end has come for another licensed game; this time the victim seems to be DuckTales: Remastered. The remaster of the original Ducktales 1989 video game will be removed from digital storefronts from 8 August, according to a recent Capcom blog post. The remaster was available on Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One (via backwards compatibility), and on Steam.
Speaking on the de-listing, Capcom stated, “Heads up, everyone; DuckTales: Remastered is leaving digital storefronts in a duck-blur, and will no longer be available for purchase.” The publisher has said that if you have already purchased the game in the past you will still be able to play the game. This obviously won’t affect physical copies of the game and they will work as normal. You will also be able to re-download the game if you bought it prior to the de-listing.
Though Capcom hasn’t given a reason as to why the game is being de-listed, it is thought that it could be due to the property license expiring. This isn’t the first time that a game has been removed from digital storefronts. This can happen when a studio closes down or when licensing deals expires. A popular example can be seen in the Telltale Games affair, where some of the studio’s games were de-listed from digital storefronts when the developer closed its doors.
It’s a shame to see a game being de-listed from a storefront. It’s clear that Capcom or developer WayForward’s don’t want to renew the licensing for the game. Let’s hope that we don’t see more games getting de-listed pretty soon. This means that DuckTales Remastered will go up in value in the future as a rare game.
What game would you like to see return from being de-listed?