Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company. The original Square Enix was formed as the result of a merger between Square and Enix in April of 2003. The company owns Taito Corporation and Eidos Interactive, which has been absorbed into Square Enix Europe. Square Enix now publishes all of Eidos’s intellectual property and runs Eidos’s development studios.
It was a mystery at the end of August as to why Square Enix would delist the nearly-decade-old RPG, The Last Remnant from Steam. But just last week the answer became painfully clear with the announcement of a remastered edition coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 on December 6th for $20.
Just days before this news, the game’s Steam Community page was updated, stating that “any plans to restart sale of this are yet to be confirmed” leaving players hoping for an equally polished-up PC version out in the cold, for now. Given the work to remaster the game and its low price point, it seems likely that it will also reappear on Steam, and could possibly come to Xbox One and even the Nintendo Switch in 2019; remastered re-releases are rarely exclusive to a single platform for long.
For now, I’ll update the game’s page on the site and report back if-and-when a release is announced for more platforms.
With little warning and with even less explanation, Square Enix have announced via Steam that The Last Remnant will be removed from digital sale on September 4th. The succinct news reads:
We will soon be discontinuing digital and physical sales of The Last Remnant on PC.
Sales will cease at the times below:-
Japan region: Wednesday 5th September, approximately 2:00 (JST) NA region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 10:00(PDT) EU region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 17:00(GMT)
Anyone already owning the game will still be able to play as per usual.
Thanks to everyone who’s adventured with the Mitras, Yamas, Qsitis and Sovanis!
Released on Xbox 360 in 2008 and on PC the following year, the game’s unexpected removal nearly a decade later may be due to a number of reasons. The Last Remnant was Square Enix’s first foray into development on the Unreal engine, a platform that may require a new licensing deal after so many years. It could also be due to lack of resources within Square Enix to maintain the game’s compatibility which was originally built for Windows XP. Unfortunately, Square Enix has given no official explanation.
The Last Remnant remains available on physical media for Xbox 360 and PC and after the deadline you’ll still be able to play it on Steam. I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page up on the site soon.
Yesterday the Square Enix community manager for Nosgoth announced that the game will be shutting down on May 31st, 2016. Nosgoth has been in Early Access release on Steam since January and is free-to-play for anyone interested in taking a look before it’s gone for good.
You can read more about the game and it’s upcoming retirement on the full page I made but the quick overview is: F2P, competitive, team-based action game set in the Legacy of Kain universe. It was being developed by Psyonix, the same team behind the immensely successful Rocket League, so there’s at least no worry about the entire team going away with the game.