Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and The Cartel delisted

Thanks to Twitter follower ElvisWV for pointing out Wario64’s tweet that Call of Juarez: Gunslinger had been delisted on March 30th. In digging up the details I discovered that Gunslinger’s predecessor — the critically maligned, 2011 release Call of Juarez: The Cartel — had also been delisted on the same day.

Gunslinger, the better of the two titles, is currently only available from Ubisoft’s uPlay store where it and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood are on sale for 75% off. Amazon is still hanging onto some download codes for the PlayStation 3 version but those may dry up pretty quickly. Friend of the site, T87, also pointed out that Gunslinger is still available on PlayStation 3 in Australia and Europe in a bundle with Far Cry: Blood Dragon.

The Cartel will forever be available on physical media for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 although Ubisoft would apparently like to wipe it from history. I couldn’t find an official ubi.com URL for the game outside of a few pre-launch press releases. Even PlayStation.com is lacking a page for the game, physical or digital.

As for the reasoning, well, it’s a mystery. The game pages offer a few theories but I’m personally inclined to go with the notion that Ubisoft is trimming the fat, dropping whatever costs they incur from maintaining the games’ availability and support, leading up to the end of the fiscal 2017 year. Whatever the case, Gunslinger is the big loss here and if Ubisoft stops selling it once their sale ends it’ll be officially Extinct.

Grab it while you can, where you can!


UNO on PlayStation 3 is back on sale?

Thanks to reader BlackwinGzReborn, who’s been following up on some game pages lately, for pointing out that UNO on PlayStation 3 has mysteriously returned to availability. The demo version has  been hanging around since 2010 but the ability to buy the $4.99 unlock was removed at some point around 2015. At least, that’s the consensus I came to based on the forum chatter I could find when I first posted the game to the site.

Nevertheless, it’s there now but currently only available on the North American PlayStation Store. Gameloft’s PSP version of UNO also has yet to return but I’ll keep checking on both for a while to see if they also magically pop up.


Little Orbit's Adventure Time games to be delisted March 31st

Publisher Little Orbit has announced on Twitter that their remaining Adventure Time games will be delisted on all platforms on March 31st. At midnight PST on this coming Saturday, both Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be removed from Steam, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox platforms. On PlayStation that also includes the streaming PlayStation Now service.

The news comes just a few weeks after I added a dozen other delisted titles from Little Orbit to the site. I’ll be updating the Secret of the Nameless Kingdom page (where it was already delisted on Xbox 360) as well as adding a new page for Finn & Jake Investigations soon. In the meantime, here are the links for all digital versions of the game, grab them while you still can!

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

Nintendo 3DS – $4.99
PlayStation Vita – $0.99
PlayStation 3 – $9.99
Steam – $3.74 (on sale from $4.99)

Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations

Nintendo 3DS – $9.00
Nintendo Wii U – $9.99
PlayStation Vita – $9.99
PlayStation 4 – $9.99
Steam – $7.49 (on sale from $9.99)
Xbox 360 – $9.99

Thanks to T87 for submitting the news from TheSixthAxis to the site.


Happy Wars on Xbox 360 and PC shutdown announced

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.


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One of the newly announced Xbox Live “Games With Gold” titles for the month of March isn’t like the others, and it has me expecting a delisting come April. Available for “free” between March 1st and the 15th is Brave: The Video Game for Xbox 360 and Xbox One backward compatibility.

Not only is it a licensed product based on the 2012 movie, it was developed by Disney Interactive Studios which was shuttered alongside Disney Infinity in 2016. Combine that with the way games have frequently passed through the “Games With Gold” program before being delisted and I’m pretty sure Brave will be gone sometime in April.

Available physically for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS, the game won’t be going extinct but it does stand to disappear from the consoles and Steam. You can grab it on disc from the links above or download it with the links below:

SteamXbox 360 (AU, EU, US) – PlayStation 3 (AU, EU, US)

I’ll add Brave to the Watch List calendar and keep an eye on it as the month of March comes and goes.


"Hero Shooter" Gigantic to shut down July 31, 2018

Alongside its latest content update, Perfect World and Motiga staff have announced that their “5v5 hero shooter” Gigantic will be shutting down on July 31st, 2018. Cash purchases for in-game Rubies have already been disabled and until July all Heroes will be free and Shop items will see reduced prices. The full statement reads:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the January Update is the final content update for Gigantic, and the game servers will be discontinued on July 31, 2018. The journey over these last few years was met with outstanding support from our players and we are all very proud of the incredible experience Gigantic is today. The team wants to give a big shout out to our awesome community – both those who have been with us since the beginning as well as those who just picked up the game recently. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who gave Gigantic a chance.

For all the amazing folks who continue to play and show passion for Gigantic, all Heroes will be FREE as the purchasing of Rubies and Hero Packs have been disabled. This includes our newest hero, T-Mat! Currency will still be rewarded in-game, and any Crowns or Rubies gained by an account will remain available to purchase Shop items at discounted prices. You can read more in our January Update Notes.

Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.

Gigantic remains a labor of love to the Motiga and Perfect World teams who worked on the game. It pains us to let it go, and we cannot thank everyone enough who saw something special in Gigantic and its vision. We hope you continue to enjoy Gigantic until July 31st while the official servers remain online.

One last GIGANTIC thank you to our amazing community, and while the sails are up, we’ll see you on the airship!”

Rumblings about the game’s demise stretch back to November 2017 when Perfect World announced that it had laid off most of the team behind the game. In a statement the company revealed that “a core team of developers remains […] who will work with us to support the game and its players”.

Looking at the SteamDB charts, Gigantic made a decent start with thousands of daily players on Steam but by August 2017 the numbers had fallen sharply. Player counts plateaued briefly last Autumn but have been falling ever since, dropping below 200 daily players since last November.

Gigantic launched as a free-to-play game on Xbox One and Steam on July 20th, 2017.  That puts it at just barely over a year old by the time it is to be retired. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up for Gigantic soon.


Microsoft removes Suicide Forest game based on Logan Paul controversy

The Suicide Forest, a free game released through the Xbox Live Creators Collection on Xbox One, will be removed after its content was brought to light on January 30th. Polygon reported on one of the earlier tweets about the game from TT Games’ global community manager, Bear Parker, embedded below.

The game is based on Logan Paul’s recent YouTube video (and ensuing controversy) in which he filmed a man who had hanged himself in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. The area is known as “The Suicide Forest” for the increased number of suicides and attempted suicides reported within its boundaries. In the game players are instructed to enter the forest and find a corpse to film at which point a counter displays a skyrocketing number of subscribers on Logan Paul’s YouTube channel.

Polygon received word from a Microsoft representative that stated “this content violates our Store policies and we’re in the process of removing it,” and went on to dig up the exact wording in those policy documents: “app and associated metadata must not contain potentially sensitive or offensive content.”

Few Creators Collection titles have a web page to link to and The Suicide Forest appears to be one of them; it may still be searchable from an Xbox One console. Creator Felipe Orion is also offering the game on PC through Gamejolt and (according to the trailer) on Android, though it was not listed on the Play Store search results at the time of this writing.


Epic Games announces the end for Paragon, offers full refunds

Epic Games announced on January 25th, 2018 that they would be shutting down Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA title for PC and PlayStation 4, on April 26th. In consolation, Epic will also be offering full refunds for any purchase in the game, made by any player, on any platform. The game’s website has been replaced with the official statement which follows:

Hey Everyone,

It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon.

We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community.

After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.

We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon. We have failed you — despite the team’s incredibly hard work — and we’re sorry.

To try to make this right, Epic is offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform. This refund will come directly from Epic rather than your platform provider.

To request your refund, follow these steps:

If you’re not playing on PC, link your Epic account (create one if necessary).
If you play on PC, or have already linked your Epic account, you can request your refund here.
We’ll continue operating Paragon servers until April 26, 2018. As the player population continues to  decrease, matchmaking times and quality will further degrade.

Thank you for joining us on this journey and for your dedication to Paragon.

The game’s PlayStation Store page has not yet been updated to reflect the decision but all add-on purchases have been removed. All that remains alongside the game are a handful of free downloadable videos, avatar icons, and themes. As of this post it is currently available to download for free by anyone interested in the waning months of the game’s existence.

Paragon originally launched in Early Access/Beta form in 2016 with the goal of developing the game based on input from an active playerbase. It’s one reason why the messaging about the game’s demise rings of disappointment and why Epic is offering such all-encompassing refunds on purchases. They also have a much bigger thing going with Fortnite and its surprisingly popular Battle Royale expansion.

The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and I’ll have a page up soon with the full details.


Nintendo shutting down Miitomo App on May 9th, 2018

Nintendo announced early on January 25th that Miitomo, their first foray into original mobile games for Android and iOS will be shutting down on May 9th, 2018. The notice is brief, confirming the date and that the sale of Miitomo coins for real money ended on January 24th.

To show their appreciation to fans of the app a “Final Thank You Festival” was announced on the game’s homepage. Every day until May 9th, players will receive 2,000 Miitomo coins and 5 Game Tickets used to buy items and play the Miitomo Drop game. Users were also able to create Sidekick Mii characters which can be exported to a 3DS or Wii U console via QR Code until May 9th. Likewise, any Miifotos created in the app will need to be exported to your smartphone before the deadline.

Miitomo launched on both iOS and Android on March 31st, 2016 putting its lifespan at just over two years by the time it is to be shut down. The date has been added to the Watch List calendar.


Gran Turismo 6 loses its online features March 28th, 2018

Catching up on another announcement I missed over the Christmas holidays, Polyphony Digital announced on December 28th that online services for Gran Turismo 6 would end on March 28th, 2018. The full announcement follows:

On 28 March 2018 at 12:00 UTC, the online services of the PlayStation®3-exclusive software “Gran Turismo 6” will come to an end. Prior to this on 31 January 2018, we will also end the distribution of downloadable content that can be used in-game.

After the end period, it will no longer be possible to utilize online services such as the Community, Open Lobby, Quick Match, and Seasonal Events. The offline portions of the game can still be played.

We would like to thank the many users of the Gran Turismo 6 online service since its first launch in 2013. From here on, we will continue to further improve the online services for the currently available title “Gran Turismo Sport”.

Released alongside Gran Turismo 6 was the Android and iOS app “GT6 Track Path Editor” which will also be removed from its respective mobile storefronts on March 28th. Even if you keep the app on your phone you will no longer be able to transfer data between it and the PlayStation 3 title after the 28th.

Gran Turismo 6 was originally released worldwide in December of 2013 and is currently the last numbered entry in the franchise. It was succeeded by Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4 which was released in 2017. Gran Turismo 6 will remain available to download from the PlayStation Store and on disc from retailers. I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar.