Q-Games founder and legendary coder, Dylan Cuthbert, took to Twitter on September 22nd to announce that one of the studios’ PixelJunk games would most likely be delisted by the end of the week. The game in question is the digital exclusive PixelJunk SideScroller released on PlayStation 3 in 2011. It was the sixth entry in the loosely connected series. On Twitter, Cuthbert wrote:
“Due to a time limited music licensing agreement between Sony America and the licensing agents (that I wasn’t involved in and thought the license was in perpetuity tbh) there is a possibility that you will not be able to purchase PixelJunk SideScroller after this week.”
A Facebook post shortly after added a little more detail but not a lot of hope for the game sticking around.
“Due to a time limited music licensing agreement between Sony America and the licensing agents (that I wasn’t involved in and thought the license was in perpetuity) there is a possibility that you will not be able to purchase PixelJunk SideScroller after this week, yes that’s right, we may have to take it off the store by the end of September.
I think they are still negotiating to extend but I doubt it will happen at this point in its life cycle (music licensing people want money to extend and Sidescroller is past its sell by date – great game of course!).
If you haven’t got it you might want to pick it up for posterity; once it’s gone it will be gone for good.”
As suggested, you can still grab the game right now on PlayStation 3 in Europe, Japan, and North America. But don’t wait much longer as it’s expected to be gone in just a few more days. I’ll have a page added to the site for the game once it’s been taken down as well.
Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news!