Store pages for 2015’s Mad Max on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam were recently updated stating simply that “Online functionality will be retired on October 31, 2020”. This left players speculating and scrambling to determine what features might be impacted.
Fortunately the game isn’t being delisted (yet) but at least one of Mad Max’s achievements is going to be very-hard-to-potentially-impossible to unlock after the 31st. The ‘Up to the Task’ trophy first requires players to make it to a certain point in the game and then requires two challenges to be completed that rely on a server connection. You can complete those challenges now and finish the rest of the tasks later but there’s only about a month left to clear those two specific objectives.
According to one Steam forum post the version of the game on Origin is already lacking the online connection, so if you’re about to buy the game on PC and you demand 100% completion, maybe look to Steam for this one. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar for now. Thanks to NeelBell for pointing out the news.
Back in June, which currently feels like a different decade, Nintendo threw a bone (carrot?) to the newly-housebound masses with the release of the free Switch title, Jump Rope Challenge. At the time Nintendo said that the game would be a limited-time release but I don’t remember seeing the deadline date of September 30th until Llamaman2 submitted it to the site.
Announced or not, this is your final notice to log into Nintendo.com and click the ‘Free Download’ button on Jump Rope Challenge. That’s a trivial amount of physical exertion to beat another odd self-imposed delisting from Nintendo. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up on the site soon.
Launched just three months ago, Disintegration, V1 Interactive’s combo of first-person shooting and squad-based strategy, is losing all of its multiplayer modes over the coming months. Starting today with the removal of the in-game store, all multiplayer features will be phased out by November 17th. The team’s full announcement follows:
We have made the difficult decision to remove Disintegration’s multiplayer modes from the game across all platforms. This will be done in phases over the coming months, starting today with the removal of the in-game store, and will conclude on November 17th with the full removal of multiplayer. The single player campaign will remain fully playable moving forward.
From both the development team at V1 Interactive and publishing group at Private Division, we stand by the creative risks taken to launch such a unique, genre-bending game created by this small but talented and passionate team. While our player base showed interest in the single player campaign, the game unfortunately struggled to build a significant audience necessary for a compelling multiplayer experience. After weighing options, we have collectively made the decision to sunset the multiplayer support.
We believe the video game industry needs constant innovation, and we will continue to take risks, follow creative visions, and support new ideas.
To everyone who has played Disintegration: we thank you.
-Private Division & V1 Interactive
V1 has provided a brief FAQ page with a few more details including Private Division’s continued support for the single player product going forward. That’s not to say that the game will never be delisted, but as an original property with no obvious licensed content, the game should be safe (if lacking features) for the foreseeable future.
I’ve added the November date for the multiplayer shutdown to the Watch List calendar for now.