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Beginning of the End: More Telltale Games titles delisted

Word broke on the afternoon of November 14th that Telltale Games had entered an Assignment of Contract with the business consulting firm Sherwood Partners. GameDaily has an extensive recount of the publicly available details, including their conversation with Sherwood’s co-founder Martin Pitchinson, but for our purposes I think this snippet sums it up:

“Telltale Games is going through assignment proceedings, a process similar to bankruptcy, but designed to move quickly and settle the company’s affairs. […] ‘A company can go out of business without going bankrupt,’ says attorney and Odin Law & Media founder Brandon Huffman. ‘All that means is that they were able to find someone to give them enough money for assets to pay any creditors or they had the money on hand.'”

The speed at which Telltale’s assets are being handled has already resulted in the delisting of four titles. Twitter user @Nitomatta pointed out on the 14th that Back to the Future, Jurassic Park: The Game, and Tales of Monkey Island had already been removed from Steam. Some hours later Telltale’s entire The Walking Dead series was also removed from Steam.

As of this writing these titles remain available on Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo consoles (where released) but I wouldn’t hold out too long if you’re interested in picking them up digitally. A sale seems unlikely given that titles are already being pulled but you can save 33% on Steam by buying the Telltale Collection for $186. Be aware though, the bundle doesn’t include all of Telltale’s remaining games; The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones are the titles excluded so far.

I’ll be using this page on SteamDB to keep track of Telltale’s titles over the coming days and weeks. Eventually I’ll have several new pages added to the site once the dust settles a little more.

Digital Release:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
October 14, 2014 (AU, EU, JP, KO, US)
Delisting (approx):Xbox 360
August 2018 (AU, EU)

PlayStation 3
August 2018 (AU, EU)

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
August 2018 (AU, EU)
Developer:Vicious Cycle
Publisher:Bandai NAMCO
Available On:Digital:
Xbox 360 (US)
PlayStation 3 (JP, KO, US)
Nintendo Wii U (US)
Nintendo 3DS (US)

Retail:
PlayStation 3
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Wii U
Xbox 360
Links:Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures franchise homepage
Xbox.com page
PlayStation.com page
SteamDB page [Canceled]

Email from Sony America confirms January 31st server shutdowns

In an uncharacteristically outgoing move, Sony America has begun sending out emails regarding the end of online services for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. Previously scheduled for October 25th, PlayStation Europe first communicated the extension early in November but confirmation wasn’t clear if it was exclusive to that territory.

That confusion was apparently heard at Sony America who decided to send out the official word, even if they still haven’t updated all of the game’s PlayStation Store pages to reflect it. The body of the email we received today reads:

“We wanted to update you on a planned service shut down, which impacts online access for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. This has now been extended to January 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM PT.

Following this shutdown, Warhawk will no longer be playable unless the PS3 system is set to LAN mode for local network play. For Twisted Metal and PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, users can play the campaign offline as well as local (couch) multiplayer in split screen mode. For Sound Shapes, users will be able to play the campaign and all DLC purchases as well as create their own levels, however, users won’t be able to share their levels with the community or download community created levels.”

The dates on the Watch List calendar have been updated, as has our game page for Warhawk which is the only game of the lot to be delisted so far.

All video streaming on Nintendo Wii ends on January 30th, 2019

Along with the end of the Wii Shop Channel and the Virtual Console, the Nintendo Wii will apparently be losing its streaming video services on January 30th, 2019. We’ve known since 2017 that the Wii’s gaming marketplaces would be switched off in 2019 but according to an email notification sent out by Netflix, we now have confirmation that all streaming video apps are coming to an end the same day.

Obviously, the loss of original and unique games on the Wii Shop Channel is the most meaningful news, but seeing Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video going dark really drives the point home: Nintendo is done with the Wii. The only holdout looks to be the ability to re-download your previously purchased content. While the last update Nintendo gave said that purchases from the Wii Shop and Virtual Console would end on January 30th, they very nebulously maintain that “at an undisclosed time in the future the ability to redownload this content or transfer it to a Wii U would also be suspended”.

It seems likely that you’ll be able to dig through your purchase history and re-download games into 2019, but if you’ve put it off this long you should probably get on that. We’ve got a handy walkthrough to help you out!

Digital Release:PlayStation 3
March 22, 2011 (US)
March 23, 2011 (JP)
March 30, 2011 (EU)
June 24, 2011 (KO)

Xbox 360
March 23, 2011 (EU, JP, US)
Delisting (approx):No later than October 9, 2018
Developer:Hothead Games
Publisher:Ignition Games
Available On:None
Links:Xbox.com pag [Archive]
PlayStation Store page (US)

Digital Release:PlayStation 3
September 27, 2011 (US)
September 28, 2011 (EU)

Xbox 360
September 28, 2011 (EU, US)
Delisting (approx):PlayStation 3
No later than October 9, 2018 (EU)

Xbox 360
No later than October 9, 2018 (EU, US)
Developer:Eiconic Games
Publisher:Ignition Games
Available On:PlayStation 3 (US)
Links:PlayStation.com page (EU, US)
Xbox.com page [Archive])