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USGamer posted earlier today about several new delistings from Activision. The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, based on the 2012 and 2014 films as well as Platinum Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan have been removed from Steam, the Xbox Marketplace and the PlayStation Store.

The first Spider-Man title was released on handheld, PC and last generation consoles while the sequel and Mutants in Manhattan were released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. All of the games were released on physical media for consoles. Disc versions for PC were released across Europe except for Mutants in Manhattan which was only released on Steam and is now extinct on that platform.

Licensing is once again to blame although USGamer’s Mike Williams points out one interesting wrinkle in the case of TMNT. “[Mutants in Manhattan] was released only eight months ago. It seems odd that Activision would have a license for under a year, making it possible that Mutants in Manhattan was rushed simply to capitalize on a license before it expired.”

I’ll get pages up on the site and dig for some more details soon.

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It may be years away from a delisting but the newest Ghostbusters game from Activision for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam just made The Watch List. The developer, FireForge Games, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy amid a spiraling legal scandal that’s totally unrelated to Ghostbusters. Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz can fill you in on the details, I’m just here to point out that a licensed game with no active developer  is a prime mark for a delisting.

The game did make it to disc for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One so it won’t go extinct on consoles but the Steam version could eventually disappear completely. For anyone with a morbid interest in the negatively received game I think it’s safe to wait for a hefty markdown before buying. As a licensed game that isn’t directly tied to the new movie Activision could lash it to sequels and spin-offs of the legendary franchise for years.