TRON: Evolution was originally delisted from Steam back in April of this year, but beginning in early October players who owned the game found that it was now unplayable if it wasn’t previously installed. After doing some digging, Steam user SillyWalk discovered that the culprit was the SecuROM DRM that Disney used to stave off piracy of the PC game since its release in 2010.
The support staff at SecuROM confirmed that “we can’t run this service anymore for Disney titles, therefore all activations are denied”. By this point other owners had also reached out to Disney about the issue, several of which received the same email explanation:
Our team is aware that the activation site for this game is no longer live and has since been shut down. At this time, if the game was not already previously installed it will no longer be able to be launched. We are looking into this hiccup and hoping to patch this in the future. However, at this time we do not have any current estimated time on when this will be.
So Disney stopped paying the maintenance fee for DRM and now their already-delisted game is even more unplayable. I’d label it as outright Unbelievable but now that it’s happened, I’m only surprised that I didn’t think of it as a delisting factor sooner. Studios incur an untold amount of fees to keep their games online, even after they’ve been removed from sale, and unfortunately, ‘DRM provider’ is just another one we are now painfully aware of.
Thanks again to The Everyday Otacon for pointing out this news.
Thanks to everyone on Twitter and Reset Era that pointed this one out earlier today, this was super short notice! Capcom Unity’s Kellen has the full details below on this unfortunate delisting that was just announced today:
Heads up, everyone; DuckTales: Remastered is leaving digital storefronts in a duck-blur, and will no longer be available for purchase beginning August 8th, 2019. If you’ve already purchased it in the past or if you buy it before the dates and times below, you’ll still be able to access and play the game.
Pogo jump your way into Scrooge’s Money Bin while you can! DuckTales: Remastered is getting a farewell price drop for 75% off on most platforms before it gets removed for purchase.
The game will be digitally available on the following platforms until:
– Wii U – August 9, 4:59 PM PDT – PlayStation 3 – August 9, 8AM PDT – Xbox 360, Xbox One (via Backwards Compatibility) – August 8, 5 PM PDT – Steam (PC) – 4:59 PM PDT
Disc-based versions of the game will install and play normally, and if you’ve already bought the game digitally, you’ll still be able to re-download it even after it’s removed, too. The times above are approximate, so please don’t wait until the last minute if you want to purchase the game digitally while it’s still available. So, get out there and solve a mystery, or re-write history!
If you’re on the hunt for a physical copy of the game, you can grab it on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii U through Amazon and throw us a few affiliate pennies in the process. You can also grab it on Steam or Xbox 360 for $3.74 right now, and you may already own it on PlayStation 3; it was free for PlayStation Plus subscribers back in 2015. Check your download history.
As for the reason behind the delisting, well, I think we can all guess at this one: Expired Licensing! It’s most likely that Capcom or WayForward’s rights to the DuckTales property has expired and no one is willing or able to renew. It’s also possible that the game is being delisted ahead of a new DuckTales effort from Disney.
I’ll add the date to the Watch List calendar and get a page on the site soon.