Atlus announced via a post and tweet today that online services for 2009’s Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 3 will be terminated on February 28th, 2018. For many games that would mean losing a simple leaderboard feature or a separate multiplayer mode but for the Souls games, online functionality is woven into the experience. Polygon’s news post sums it up quite nicely, pointing out that:
It will mean an end to online cooperative and competitive multiplayer, the ability to write and read messages from other players, and the ability to see other players’ deaths and their wandering illusions. That will also impact the game’s inventive Old Monk boss battle, which attempts to summon another player to the player’s world, and its World Tendency features.
Atlus’ official statement goes on to confirm that the game will remain “fully playable”, though the complete Demon’s Souls experience as it was designed will be lost after February 2018. The news serves as advanced warning for fans of the rest of the Souls series: Dark Souls 1, 2, 3, and the off-shoot title, Bloodborne, all have similar online functionality that will also be turned off one day.
For now Demon’s Souls’ termination date has been added to the Watch List calendar.
Massively Overpowered, who has closely followed the drama surrounding Marvel Heroes, has reported by way of an anonymous source that Gazillion Entertainment has disbanded, laid off nearly all staff, and will be shutting down the game November 24th instead of December 31st.
The source also shared parts of a termination letter delivered to Gazillion staff by CEO Dave Dohrmann that indicated creditors had “pulled the plug” on funding, and that accrued time off and health benefits were no longer being honored.
Shortly after, a pair of former Gazillion employees tweeted to confirm and provide context (via USgamer).
As of this writing neither Gazillion, Disney, or Marvel have made any public statements. Marvel Heroes is officially scheduled to shut down on December 31st but if you were planning to play a fond farewell to the game you may want to log in today, just in case.
In one of the most detailed and sentimental announcements we’ve seen yet, NCSOFT has confirmed plans to close down its MOBA title Master X Master on January 31st, 2018. The full announcement follows:
“There is no easy way to say this, but regretfully, we will be discontinuing our service for MXM, with the final day of the game’s life to be January 31. Deciding to close the game is not a decision we come to lightly, but ultimately it came down to a matter of business—we explored several options, but none of them were sustainable. We truly believe that MXM is special, and offered a lot of new ideas to change up the MOBA genre, but in trying to carve out a niche for itself, we failed to connect with players.
For the remainder of the game’s service, we’re going to do everything we can to honor the community and show thanks for your support. We know this news is difficult to hear for remaining players—trust that we are as heartbroken as you are that we have to say goodbye to it. To that end, in recognition of all of you who love playing the game, here are our plans from now until the servers close:
- All players will receive 500,000 X-Coin to unlock all content
- The community-developed Lua skin will be made available to all players for 1 X-Coin
- Real money purchases on the MXM Store will be permanently disabled
- All game modes will be turned on, and available at all times
- Refunds in full on purchases made between Aug. 30 and Nov. 16. This will happen automatically within the next 7-14 days, and will be refunded via the same method the purchase was made, if possible. For additional refund specifics please refer to our FAQ.
We are truly grateful for the community that grew around MXM, and for your support of the game. We saw MXM as a challenge to the status quo—a change-up of mechanics that would revitalize the MOBA genre and attract players who wanted to test the upper limits of their skills—but in the end, it wasn’t enough to take on the established juggernauts. It truly is awe-inspiring to have been a part of the community’s creativity and passion—the art, videos, and guides, the emergent gameplay and meta as new Masters were introduced, the high-level online competitions, and more—truly, thank you.
We again want to extend our sincere gratitude to the MXM community, and hope you all can enjoy the remaining time with the game. We’ll be continuing to provide updates on the official forums, Twitter, and Facebook until January 31.“
The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the title will be added to the site soon.
In a statement given to Kotaku on November 15th, Disney/Marvel announced that they had terminated their relationship with developer Gazillion Entertainment and that all Marvel Heroes games would be shut down. Later in the day the official Marvel Heroes homepage was updated with the following farewell message and further details:
“We’re sad to inform our players and our entire Marvel Heroes family that Marvel Heroes Omega will be shutting down.
The Marvel Heroes servers will stay on until Dec 31, 2017, and we’ll be removing real money purchases as soon as possible. Players will be able to play the game entirely for free once this sunset period commences. We will share the exact date things go completely free as soon as we can.
We’ve had the privilege of entertaining and collaborating with our players for over four years. We’re extremely humbled by that privilege and wanted to get this message out: Thank you. Thank you to our players, our tireless employees, and everyone involved in the life of Marvel Heroes, Marvel Heroes 2015, Marvel Heroes 2016, and Marvel Heroes Omega.”
The news is not entirely unexpected by fans of the game who have seen promised content updates slip and official social media accounts go quiet over the past weeks and months. Massively Overpowered has been chronicling the events surrounding Gazillion and sums it up rather nicely with this post.
As of this writing the game remains available to download and play for free on Steam and Xbox One. The PlayStation Store page for the game in North America (US and Canada) is currently unavailable but is still accessible from European territories (AU, EU, FR, DE).
The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and a full page will be coming soon to the site as the end of the year rolls around.
Welcome to the Delisted list, bub.
It’s that time again: time for Activision’s Deadpool video games to be delisted. November 16th is the date this time when the game will be removed from Steam with Xbox and PlayStation platforms likely to follow. The news initially came by way of a Steam store announcement on November 11th and was quickly rebroadcast by deal watchdog Wario64 (and then came our way by a submission from Keegan). Thanks for the heads up Keegan!
If you’ve had your eye on Deadpool’s middling adventure since it debuted way back in 2013 you’d better grab it before Thursday, November 16th. Hey, it’s even on sale on most platforms. There’s no telling if Activision will renew the license to bring the game back or if they’re focusing resources on a new game to coincide with Deadpool 2’s theatrical debut in 2018.
Here’s a few links to speed things up since I was a little late on posting this news:
PlayStation 3 (no sale, $39.99)
PlayStation 4 (no sale, $49.99)
Xbox One ($12.50)
Xbox 360 ($11.99)
Humble Store ($11.99)
Speaking of year-end delistings, here’s the first of what I hope will be a small list for the remainder of 2017. Daybreak Game Company announced on October 30th that the PlayStation 3 version of DC Universe Online will be shut down on January 31st, 2018. The game remains available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and the post from the team explains:
“In order to deliver the highest quality experience to our players, we will focus our resources on further optimizing the game for PlayStation 4. While there is still time to continue exploring DCUO on the PS3, we want to give you advanced notice so you can prepare for these future changes.
All of your player information, subscriptions, DLC purchases, and game information transfer automatically to the PlayStation 4 when you log in with the same PSN account.”
January 2018 will mark seven years that the game was available on PlayStation 3. From its retail launch on disc in January of 2011 to its digital release in March and its pivot to free-to-play by year’s end, DCUO has survived quite a bit of marketplace upheaval. With DC in its best consumer position since the 80’s there may even be more years ahead of the game than behind it, just not on PlayStation 3.
The Watch List calendar has been updated and a page with the details on the PlayStation 3 version will be added soon.
It’s only been a few days since I last added something to the site but it may be a bit longer before I get back to my semi-active pace. We recently moved and everyday life is in disarray as boxes are rifled through and new spaces are arranged. We finally found the kitchen so there’s no worry about starving to death now!
I’ll still try to get new delistings and shutdown announcements on the site as soon as I can. I expect at least a few to pop up as the calendar year draws to a close. Otherwise it may be a little slower around here through the holidays but don’t let that stop your submissions. The help has been great and I’ve gotten almost all of them onto the site so far.
Here’s a pleasant surprise: after three years of being delisted and a failed Kickstarter to save it, developer Coresoft has brought High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition back from extinction! Delisted in May of 2014 — due to its use of GameSpy tech and the impending sale of publisher Sony Online Entertainment — Coresoft has managed to rework its online functionality and publish the new version of the game themselves.
The game was originally released in North America and Europe but so far it has only returned for the former territory. It is once again available to buy for $9.99 on PlayStation 3 and upcoming free updates will add more game modes including No-limit Texas Hold’em, Limit Texas Hold’em, Super Hold’em, and more. Take a look at the updated game page for more details on this surprise relisting.
Earlier this week, as I was updating a page on the site, I came to find that the Delisted Games YouTube channel had been completely obliterated. I was given no advance notice or warning of anything I was doing to break YouTube’s copyright policies. Yes, a few trailers I had uploaded received the typical content ID matches that send ad revenue to the owner instead of me. It’s happened on that channel and my personal channel as well with no other repercussions until now.
It was either one of the trailers that got dinged for stock music or it was one of the Xbox Fitness routine videos. Almost all of the trailers were hit with content IDs but to my knowledge none of the Xbox Fitness videos were. Still, they were entire workouts — some licensed, some created exclusively for the app — and as the views increased I could see them finally pinging on the radar of whoever owns them. Like I said though, if I’d been given any kind of warning I would have gladly deleted them. Sadly, those won’t be coming back on the new channel.
Right! So there is a Delisted Games channel that you can view and follow right here, but it may be some time before I get all of the hands-on videos uploaded and the details set back in place. In the meantime, my personal channel has a playlist with many of the same videos that I uploaded before Delisted Games launched, if there’s something you need to watch immediately.
Sony Europe has updated their game servers support page with details on some global changes to several first-party titles. Along with the previously announced retirement of The Tomorrow Children the page also confirms that PlayStation 4 exclusive, Kill Strain, will now shut down on December 18th after its previous deadline of June 1st was somehow extended. No explanation for the extension was given in this update.
According to the support page, the titles below will remain available for purchase for the time being (MLB 15 aside) but their online features are to be retired. These dates are the same for European and North American territories.
PlayStation 4 – Gravity Rush 2
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 6am (GMT), 19th January 2018.
PlayStation 3, Vita – Everybody’s Golf/Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 21st December 2017.
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita – MLB 15: The Show
You will no longer be able to use the online features for this title after 31st October 2017.
MLB 15’s online features may be retiring soon but in writing up this post I found it was no longer available for sale on the PlayStation Store for any platform. Dates are added to the calendar and pages for Kill Strain and MLB 15 will soon be on the site.