Two LEGO Lord of the Rings titles return on Steam

While the gaming headlines are abuzz with the first sightings of Daedalic Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, another pair of Tolkienian titles are making a newsworthy return, at least around these parts. Both LEGO The Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbit returned to sale on Steam just over a week ago on April 24th.

Seemingly not a soul — not TT Games, not Warner Bros., not The Lego Group, and not even Daedalic, the current worldwide licensees of LotR — has said a word about the relistings but there they are, back again. Both games have been delisted before, most recently in January of 2019 when almost every version was taken offline.

Clearly there was some re-licensing behind the relistings and while they’ll only disappear again down the line, for now at least, they’re back. You can get either game on Steam while LEGO The Hobbit has also returned on PlayStation 4 so far. Thanks to HandMaskTar for pointing out the news!


Ziggurat brings more delisted classics back to sale

As promised just a month ago, publisher Ziggurat Interactive has made good on their plans to bring a slew of new-old PC games to Steam and GOG.com. Alongside debut releases like Purple Saturn Day and Fields of Glory are four previously delisted games making their return:

All of their pages on the site have been updated with relisting dates and links to Steam and GOG.com. I’m not sure how long it’ll last but as of right now Killing Time is available for free from ZOOM (no, not that Zoom) as well. Thanks to @Dimchkin for pointing out the news.


Rival Games shutdown takes The Detail offline "soon"

Rival Games CEO, Jukka Laakso, announced in a blog post April 10th that the studio would soon be shut down. After mounting debt and financial losses over the years, the coronavirus pandemic ultimately put potential investors and aid out of reach for the studio. Laakso admitted, “the raging coronavirus is just the icing on the cake, and by no means the one to blame”.

After the heartfelt retrospective, Laakso confirmed that Rival Games’ episodic adventure, The Detail, would eventually be removed from Steam and mobile app stores. No time frame was given but if you’ve had any of their titles on your list — including Thief of Thieves and Alien: Blackout which are safe for now — sooner might be a better time to grab them than later.


Code of Princess to be removed from 3DS eShop on March 31st

Code of Princess, Studio Saizensen’s 2012 action-RPG for the Nintendo 3DS, is being delisted… again. We first added the game to the site after it was removed in March of 2019 but at some point it made an unannounced return. With nearly as little fanfare it is once again going away, this time seemingly for good. Atlus announced on March 25th that Code of Princess would be delisted by the end of the month:

Code of Princess will no longer be available on the Nintendo eShop after March 31st. Get the game before then! Learn more about Code of Princess here.

It is uncertain at this point if the delisting is related to Atlus or the developer/publisher duo of Studio Saizensen and Degica Games. Code of Princess was published only as an eShop download in Australia and Europe by Agatsuma Entertainment who has since shut down, leaving it particularly vulnerable to a delisting in these regions.

Thankfully, the original game still exists on Steam and as a physical release on the 3DS in North America and Japan. In 2018 Nicalis published Code of Princess EX, a cleaned up version of the game for the Nintendo Switch which is also still available. It should be noted that Atlus’ fully localized and voice acted treatment remains exclusive to the 3DS release making it a major loss for the remaining versions, depending on how you feel about dubs.

Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news, the game’s page will be updated shortly and the date has been added to the Watch List calendar.


Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition pulled from Steam,  PlayStation versions next?

In an unannounced and unanticipated move, Warner Bros. Interactive has pulled Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (aka Mortal Kombat 9) off of Steam. The removal happened on March 20th when the game’s price was set to $0.00 making it unable to be purchased. The only explanation is the familiar boilerplate wording on the game’s Steam store page: “At the request of the publisher, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is no longer available for sale on Steam”.

As of the evening of March 22nd the game remains available on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 but it’s a little hard to find, at least on the North American PlayStation Store. The base game’s page only lets you wishlist the title but I was able to dig up the $20 “Komplete Edition” that was still available to buy.

Is it a sign that the PlayStation versions will be delisted soon as well? With no other details behind the delisting outside of some unsubstantiated links to the game’s Freddy Krueger DLC, it most certainly could be. We’ll try to keep an eye on it but if you’ve had this one on your PlayStation wishlist, now might be a good time to grab it. Thanks to @pasta_wheat for pointing this one out to us.