Talisman: The Horus Heresy leaving Steam and Mobile June 22nd

Talisman: The Horus Heresy, the digital board game adaptation set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, is being removed from Steam, iOS, and Android on June 22nd thanks to expiring publishing licenses. Nomad Games made the announcement on June 8th with the details:

Hello Talisman and Warhammer fans,

Today we’ve got an update for you regarding the future of Talisman: The Horus Heresy. As of 22nd June 2020, Talisman: The Horus Heresy will be removed from all platforms where it is currently being sold. Current owners and anyone who purchases the game before 22nd June 2020 will still have access to the game in their purchase history, and any unused Steam keys for the title can still be used in the future, however no new ones will be issued.

Please note that you will still be able to play Talisman: The Horus Heresy online.

We have had to remove Talisman: The Horus Heresy from storefronts due to the publishing rights expiring. Don’t worry though, we’ll continue to publish Talisman: Digital Edition and Talisman: Origins, the other digital adaptations of Talisman.

In order to allow players to add Talisman: The Horus Heresy to their games library before it is removed from store fronts, we’ve created a discounted ‘Complete Your Collection’ bundle on Steam, along with offering a discount on both iOS and Android. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up Horus Heresy, this is it!

You can find the ‘Complete Your Collection’ bundle here: TALISMAN: HORUS HERESY COLLECTION

We’ve had a lot of love over the years from both Talisman and Warhammer fans for Horus Heresy, and it was a pleasure to watch our fans enjoy another creation from us. It’s always sad to see a game go, but we’re proud of what we accomplished with Talisman: The Horus Heresy and hope people will continue to enjoy it even after it’s been removed from sale!

I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up on the site soon. Thanks again to Dimchkin for submitting this news to the site.

Two Neo Geo titles leaving GOG.com June 9th

Quick heads-up on a pair of Neo Geo titles from DotEmu on GOG.com. Art of Fighting 2 and Baseball Stars 2 will both be delisted on Tuesday June 9th, 2pm UTC. With Hamster and SNK at the reigns of the latest Neo Geo re-releases it doesn’t seem likely that these two will be coming back to GOG.com… and they might be joined by more of DotEmu’s older releases soon. Thanks to Dimchkin for submitting this news to the site.

Hands on with Spelunker World ahead of its shutdown in July

Square Enix and Tozai Games announced back in January that their free-to-play PlayStation 4 title, Spelunker World, would be coming to an end in July. I haven’t actively played the game in about 4 years but I spent some time brushing up over the weekend and recorded just under an hour of footage.

It’s honestly a pretty succinct video given the game’s 100 stages and hundreds of upgradeable items including crossovers with Tomb Raider, Just Cause, Final Fantasy, and more. I go over the shutdown announcement, show off a few stages, and refresh myself on the fusing and upgrade systems. 

I’d like to record a few more sessions before the game is shut down on July 29th including some of the Japanese version that I started playing in 2015. Let me know what you think and what else you’d like to see from the game over the next month.

The Golf Club 2 poised for delisting after June 30th

The Golf Club 2 publisher, Maximum Games, posted on Steam on April 27th to announce that the game would “no longer be available for sale from Maximum Games” after June 30th, 2020. That phrasing is vague enough to have fans worried about previous entries in the series from developer HB Studios as well as The Golf Club 2’s online features.

Maximum Games handled publishing for all versions of The Golf Club 2 while HB Studios published all previous titles themselves and have been working with 2K Games on everything since. Maximum Games looks like the odd man out here and it’s possible that HB or 2K could take over publishing of The Golf Club 2 after June 30th to keep the game online. However, it’s also possible that they’ll let the game go as PGA Tour 2K21 is slated for release in August. Unfortunately, no one has made a statement about the game’s future on Steam or consoles just yet.

The Golf Club 2 is currently on sale for only $2.99 on Steam until June 9th but its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One counterparts remain full price at $29.99. I’ll add the June 30th date to the Watch List calendar and keep an eye out after the deadline to see if publishing changes hands. Thanks to an anonymous reader for submitting this news to the site.

There’s no sugarcoating this news: last Friday I was fired (not furloughed) from my job. I’ve been struggling over whether to share the news here on the site but decided that I should say something sooner rather than later in case it impacts Delisted Games down the road. I won’t go into personal details but it was a job that I loved and the rug was pulled out from under me without any discussion.

Fortunately, the site is still buzzing along and has even seen an influx of visitors in spite of the global pandemic over the last few months. I suppose more people were at home with time to think about old games and wound up here to find out where they went. Sorry to break the bad news if that was the case for you. 

I’m hoping this increase in free time (outside of housework and job hunting) will finally give me the space to tackle one of the site’s biggest shortcomings: Telltale Games. We’ve got lots of their titles on the site already but many more have been submitted since the 2018 closure of the studio. I feel that I can’t do one without doing them all so I’ve put it off until I could compile all the details at the same time. That time is now? Yes, I think it is!

While I’m heads-down on that, if you’d like to help support my work on the site now would be a great time! Help bring some more people to the site by sharing a link on Facebook or Twitter. Share one of your own favorite titles that has been delisted and help spread the word on all these lost games.

You can also help simply by shopping on Amazon or PlayAsia through our affiliate links. We earn a tiny percentage of anything you buy and it helps keep us living as close to a normal and steady life as possible right now. Finally, if you want to donate directly to the site, visit us on ko-fi. Any amount you choose to share is always greatly appreciated!

Thank you everyone for visiting the site, submitting games, and linking to news and server shutdowns. It is not a fun burden to bear, and it’s hard to keep pace with, but I hope I can keep adding games to the site and getting the word out before the rug is pulled out from under your next favorite game.