Previously, on Alan Wake…
In May of 2017 Remedy’s community staff gave a brief heads-up that the game was going to be delisted from all digital platforms due to expired music licensing, plunging Alan into the suffocating darkness of digital unavailability. Suddenly, on October 25th Remedy announced via Twitter that the game had returned to Steam and GOG.com and would soon be re-emerging from the blackness on Xbox 360.
“Big thanks to our partner and Alan Wake’s publishers @Microsoft who were able to renegotiate the rights to the licensed music in Alan Wake, so that the game can be sold again.” @RemedyGames
In subsequent replies on Twitter, Remedy confirmed that all of the game’s licensed music was kept intact thanks to Microsoft and that the Xbox version would return “very soon”. To commemorate Alan’s reappearance and celebrate the Halloween season the game is also on sale for 80% off through November 1st on Steam and GOG.com. If you’re after the Xbox 360 version keep an eye on this page.
In an August 17th update on the Forza Motorsport homepage, Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg announced that Forza Horizon 2 (and its DLC) would be removed from digital sale on September 30th as the game had reached “end of life” status. The news isn’t surprising as the original Forza Horizon followed almost the same trajectory from launch to delisting. Horizon 2 actually held out a year longer than the original entry, having been available to download for just about four years before its removal.
“A heads up for the Forza community: Forza Horizon 2 will reach “end of life” status on September 30,” writes Ekberg on the Forza Motorsport homepage. “That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase.
After September 30, players who own Forza Horizon 2 will still able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. However, Forza Horizon 2 and its DLC will no longer be for sale. Forza Horizon 2 is currently available as part of August Games With Gold so, if you haven’t played it already, now is a great time to grab it.”
I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page up for the game soon.
Toylogic announced on March 8th that the Xbox 360 and Windows versions of their free-to-play action title, Happy Wars, will be shut down on December 16th, 2018. The game will then exist solely on Xbox One. While both older versions will remain available to download until June 13th, there is a shorter deadline of March 15th in which to transfer your for-pay Happy Tickets to the Xbox One. Toylogic has posted an FAQ with steps to make the transfer and other support related answers.
On June 14th both the Xbox 360 and Windows versions of the game will be removed from their respective stores and finally, on December 16th, the game will become unplayable, even in its existing “Offline Mode”. Updated In-Game Events will also end in the older versions of the game on June 13th. Happy Wars had also been available on Steam since May of 2014 but was retired just over a year ago on February 16th, 2017.
The decision comes after what sounds like years of frustration in keeping all three versions of Happy Wars up to date. The announcement offers the following explanation.
“The Development and Management Teams for Happy Wars have determined that due to production of Xbox 360 units and related services and support coming to an end, continuing development and operations for Happy Wars on Xbox 360 will be difficult.
Regarding the Windows 10 version of Happy Wars, every effort has been made to improve the cross-play functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One versions. However, we have been unable to reach the desired results. As we do not expect any dramatic improvements in the reasonably near future, we will be closing down the Windows 10 version of Happy Wars as well.
“We are deeply grateful for your support of Happy Wars over the years. It has been 5 years since Happy Wars first released on the Xbox 360 in October of 2012. It’s been a wonderful run, and we would like to thank all of our fans, supporters and players who have been with us through it all.”
I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar and posted a page for the Xbox 360, PC, and Steam versions of the game.