News on upcoming delistings, server shutdowns, and studio closures. Anything that might signify an upcoming delisting will be posted here and may serve as a tentative page for a game until it is officially taken offline. This “platform” also covers any site news or happenings within the Delisted community.
Harmonix has just announced on the Rock Band forum that Rock Band Blitz will be removed from sale “on or before August 28th, 2017”. The game was released in late August of 2012 for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but unlike Rock Band Unplugged for PSP, Blitz never saw a physical release. Once it’s gone it’ll be Extinct.
Fortunately, all 25 songs on the Blitz setlist can be exported into Rock Band 4 at no additional charge. Harmonix has a support page here with details on how to make the transfer. You’d be best off going through the steps as soon as possible as the soundtrack export is technically a piece of DLC for Rock Band 4 and may also be removed after August 28th.
The 25 songs will still be available as standard DLC for Rock Band 4 and according to Harmonix “will remain up until further notice”. August 28th is the five-year anniversary of the game’s release and with the songs remaining as DLC it’s likely that the delisting marks the end of a licensing deal for Rock Band Blitz exclusively.
If I can go a week without thinking or saying the name “Duke Nukem” I’ll be happy. I’ve had a placeholder page up almost since the site launched because I knew fleshing it out would be a lot of work. Turns out, there was even more work to be done than I was expecting.
Thanks again to SHROOMY for laying the groundwork with a submission, we’ve now got six titles on the site that span numerous platform releases with an overview of what happened. It’s fascinating and if it weren’t for the development hell of Duke Nukem Forever all these games would probably still be online.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD just didn’t capture the hearts of fans. Was it a bad implementation of the early series gameplay or is Tony Hawk nostalgia impossible to recapture? Whatever the case, Activision has chosen to remove the game from Steam on Monday, July 17th, 2017.
In a tiny bit of goodwill, the announcement was made ahead of the delisting and the game was put on sale for $1.99 until the 17th. It’s also on sale on Xbox 360 but currently full price on PlayStation 3. The delisting was only announced for Steam but chances are good it’ll also be removed on console as well. The game’s one piece of DLC which adds classic levels, riders, and the Revert mechanic remains $4.99 on all platforms.
Q-Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment announced in a bi-lingual post on the game’s Japanese site that online service for The Tomorrow Children will end November 1st, 2017. As the game requires these online services to function The Tomorrow Children will be unplayable and Extinct after this date. The statement is sincere, if a bit boilerplate and vague:
“We would like to thank you all for playing The Tomorrow Children up until now. The Tomorrow Children development and operations team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking part and enjoying our title since the service began in September 2016. We want to apologise to all of our users who still continue to enjoy this title and ask for your understanding with the decision to end the service.
There is only a short amount of time remaining, however The Tomorrow Children development and operations team hope that you can all continue to enjoy our title until the end of service. And we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to you all who continue to enjoy and play our game.”
No further explanation has been given but due to the game’s free-to-play nature and grueling design choices, the decision was most likely made due to low retention of active players. The post also contains a timeline of important dates leading to the end of service starting with the July 6th announcement:
July 6th, 2017 (Thu) – Service End Announcement (This Announcement)
July 6th, 2017 (Thu) – “Thank You Sale”, discounted prices on DLC and Freeman Dollars through September 28th.
September 28th, 2017 (Thu) – Removal of the Founders Pack, and Freeman Dollars from the PlayStation®Store, as well as end of new downloads for the title and special items. Share Play will not be able to play after this date.
November 1st, 2017 (Wed) 17pm (Japan Team) – End of Service
There’s a good chunk of time left before the game shuts down so if you were ever interested, give it a go. It’s quite a punishing grind to get started (as it should be, given the subject matter) but there really isn’t anything quite like it. If nothing else it’s got a visual style that should be seen first-hand before it’s gone.
The scintillatingly titled ‘★★★★★ 1000 Top Rated’ was released on PlayStation 4 earlier this week and removed by Sony within 48 hours. Polygon reported on the title that was singled out by Jim Sterling as a quick way to earn a Platinum trophy. The game itself is a tile-swiping puzzler based on Top Rated’s numerous wallpapers and themes already released on the PlayStation Store.
In a response posted on their Facebook page, Best Themes explained that “Sony has pulled the game temporarily and asked me to change the game’s name & not mention trophies in the Store trailer. I am happy to comply! I don’t know when it will be released again, but I’ll update this page as soon as I know.”
For now the game is absent from the PlayStation Store but its page on PlayStation.com remains. I’m holding out a while longer before officially adding it to the site but it’s tagged to the Watch List until we see how things shake out.
Team Ninja announced at the end of May 2017 that two packs of cross-promotional DLC costumes for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round would be removed from sale over the summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about this until June 20th, the same day that the first round of “Fairy Tail Mashup” costumes was delisted. Fortunately, there’s still time for Attack on Titan fans to grab the remaining tie-in costumes which will be delisted on July 18th, 2017.
Both batches of DLC are being removed from sale on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam precisely one year after their release. Those who had previously purchased any of the content (alone or in the Season Pass/Costume Pass bundles) will still be able to re-download the items and continue to use them in game.
It’s hard to tell what this means for the other tie-in DLC in the game. The Schoolgirl Strikers, Falcom, Gust, Tatsunoko, and Arc System Works costumes are all over a year old and remain available. Coming up on their one-year anniversaries are the King of Fighters costumes (September) and the Aquaplus costumes (December). If you’re interested in the existing licensed costumes or the two listed above, grab them soon! You can check all of the DLC available for the game on the official DOA5 site.
Having only ever owned one Apple product, the original iPad, I’ll let this succinct quote from Kotaku sum up the situation.
“iOS 11 is currently in beta, but even now, some 32-bit games aren’t showing up in the App Store. You can still search for them on Touch Arcade, and as Gizmodo’s Rhett Jones points out, ‘If you use a direct link, the app is still available for download. What this means is you can still grab that old app that you meant to buy or would like to own again.’ That method will only work for a little bit longer, though; in the coming months, iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit games completely.”
The rest of the post has a few quotes from iOS developers about their individual titles but this is the gist of it from 9to5Mac. “Starting in January 2018, all new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit. From June 2018, the same requirement applies to new apps and updates. This marks the start of a transition where in a few years, 32-bit Mac apps will no longer be supported and won’t run.”
This stands to impact tens of thousands of apps and games from defunct studios or from teams with limited resources to make the required updates. If you’d like to verify which of your own apps might be at risk, 9to5Mac’s post has a handy walkthrough. Otherwise, try Touch Arcade to get a direct link to download some of these endangered titles.
“The music licenses for Alan Wake are expiring. As a result, the game is going to be taken out of physical and digital retail. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will stay in retail. We’re having a 90% off “Sunset Sale” for Alan Wake on Steam May 13th through the 15th, 2017.”
The unfortunate but appreciably straight-to-the-point post appeared today on Remedy’s Alan Wake forum. The music licensing for the original Alan Wake is expiring and since Remedy didn’t negotiate the original license they have no immediate way to renew. As a result, the original Alan Wake and its DLC will be removed from sale on Steam and Xbox platforms on Tuesday, May 16th. Though not clarified by Remedy this will presumably see the game delisted from GOG.com as well.
In a post by Polygon, Remedy’s head of communications, Thomas Puha, added that “Microsoft and Remedy are looking into renegotiating the music licenses, but there’s nothing more to comment on that for now. Obviously having to remove the game from stores is rather unfortunate. So, we figured, let’s discount the game heavily and those who have not bought Alan Wake yet, here’s your chance to grab it on Steam.”
The original forum post lays out a few more details on the sale and confirms that the digital-only pseudo-sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, isn’t going away… yet. The original Alan Wake is also available on disc for Xbox 360 and download codes continue to be sold on Amazon.
Just polishing up some things, trying out some fresh layouts, and I needed a test post for the News category.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been compiling the details for 20 delisted Irem games. Their 2011-2012 sweep was intense. All of the game pages are still placeholders but they each contain the full story and breakdown of the titles involved. Check it out, it’s quite the epic delisting.
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Unfortunately there isn’t much. After the previously announced deadline of March 31st the only thing left on the DSi Shop is the 3DS Transfer Tool and your purchase history. If you would like to keep your DSiWare games accessible re-download them or transfer them to a 3DS as soon as possible. This ability will also be retired at some point but Nintendo has not yet given a specific date.
You can look back at the DSi Shop in action with my previous post and this YouTube playlist recorded before the deadline. This gives us a historical view of what was available directly on the DSi up to its end and can be compared to the current offerings on the 3DS eShop.