Aladdin & The Lion King return in a new Collection

When the pair of 16-bit Disney platformers disappeared from Steam and GOG.com earlier this Summer, it wasn’t too unfathomable to see today’s news coming: Aladdin and The Lion King are coming back. The $30 ‘Disney Classic Games’ collection will be released digitally and physically on October 29th with a few unexpected additions to the package.

Debuting on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (with a PC release likely headed to Steam), the package is being helmed by the venerable preservationists at Digital Eclipse (Disney Afternoon Collection, Mega Man Legacy). As such, you can expect the usual upscaled graphics, a rewind feature, save states, and the ability to watch a playthrough of each game and take control at any point. 

Like previous collections, you’ll also get a “curated explorable museum” of behind-the-scenes art and interviews on each release. But what’s most interesting is the inclusion of multiple versions of each game, from the flagship Genesis and Super NES originals, to Game Boy iterations, and even a not-seen-since-1993 “tradeshow demo” of Aladdin.

If you did happen to own the delisted versions of The Lion King or Aladdin you can still download them from your purchase history on Steam or GOG.com.


Telltale Games returns under new ownership

The Telltale Games saga just won’t stop! After announcing that the studio would be shutting down last September, Skybound Entertainment swooped in to take control of its own The Walking Dead series (which they’ve since relaunched on the Epic Games Store with a definitive edition coming soon). The remaining Telltale titles have slowly been delisted from console and PC storefronts and it looked like only a matter of time until they would all be removed.

Enter LCG Entertainment led by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, backed by China’s Athlon Games, and with a handful of industry veterans serving as executives. LCG has acquired the Telltale Games name, its original properties including the likes of Puzzle Agent, and some of its existing licenses. The plan is to revisit some of Telltale’s expired properties and explore a new take on episodic adventure games with new titles.

So far it sounds a bit sterile despite some of Ottilie’s more hopeful comments made to Polygon. For now we’ll just focus on what this means for delistings. LCG has so far confirmed that both The Wolf Among Us and Telltale’s Batman series fall under their purview. Both series have remained on sale across the board while the likes of Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others have been delisted.

Judging by Ottilie’s admission about the team’s small size and their reliance on freelance workers, we’re probably looking at several relistings as opposed to all-out remasters for at least a year or two. Until more news comes to light I’ll continue working to add all of the old Telltale’s delisted games to the site.


Forza Motorsport 6 hits "End of Life" on Sept. 15

It’s that time of year again, time for Turn 10 and Microsoft to announce the “End of Life” for another Forza title. This time it’s Forza Motorsport 6, released on Xbox One in 2015 and transmogrified into the free-to-play PC release, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex a year later. 

In a kindly gesture, the game is included in August’s Games With Gold program so anyone with a Gold membership can lock it up in their library right now. There’s also an insane deal on a DLC bundle that includes all of the extra content for the game at just $5.00. The deal runs through this weekend only so grab the package while you can because the bad news is coming:

“Forza Motorsport 6 will enter “End of Life” status on September 15. This means that the game and its associated add-on content (including car packs and expansions) will no longer be available for purchase. Players who own Forza 6 before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated add-on content as normal but the game and add-on content will no longer be available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace.”

It’s unclear so far if Forza Motorsport 6: Apex on PC is also being removed this year. I’ll keep digging for confirmation on that one and get the proper Forza 6 added to the Watch List calendar.


Skybound confirms Walking Dead Definitive on-disc content

With pre-orders opening up last week for the September 10th release of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series, we’ve already been asked a few times about what’s on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One discs. Skybound has been talking up the collection for a few months now which will include all 4 Seasons, the 400 Days DLC, and The Walking Dead: Michonne, along with new visuals, a comic-inspired Black & White option, and over 10 hours of behind-the-scenes content.

That’s a fantastic anthology, but what’s inside the box? You may remember that the original versions from Telltale saw several retail releases, many of which only contained a single episode and simply added the season to your download history. That means that if you go out today and pick up any of the existing games on disc you’re more than likely going to be disappointed… and missing out on most of the story.

So I reached out yesterday to Skybound in hopes of getting clarification and I’ve got good news to report! According to the rep I spoke with all of that content will be on the disc making the Telltale Definitive Series quite literally that; the most definitive way to make sure you can play the entire series for years and years to come.

You can pre-order the physical console editions through Amazon, GameStop, GAME, or direct from Skybound now. And if you’re ok with the digital releases you can pre-order them from any console marketplace, the Epic Game Store, or the Microsoft Store. One note on the Nintendo Switch: there won’t be a physical release or a Definitive bundle but updated versions of seasons 2 and 3 with extra content will launch on the eShop to accompany what’s already there.


Retirement Roundup: August - December 2019

There have been quite a few submissions and tweets coming to the site about apps and online services that are winding down between now and the end of the year. I’m still swamped with submissions to research and write so in order to get the news out there as soon as possible I thought I’d do a Retirement Roundup of these services, features, and games. Read On!

LAST UPDATED: August 16, 2019
Added: NBA Live 14, Dragon’s Dogma Online