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News on upcoming delistings, server shutdowns, and studio closures. Anything that might signify an upcoming delisting will be posted here and may serve as a tentative page for a game until it is officially taken offline. This “platform” also covers any site news or happenings within the Delisted community.

The Pinball Arcade loses all Midway/Bally tables on June 30th

Thanks to an anonymous submission this morning, we have the sad news that FarSight Studios will be removing all Williams and Bally pinball tables from their digital pinball platform, The Pinball Arcade. The full announcement follows but basically: grab these tables before June 30th before they’re pulled out of every version of the game. 

Our longstanding licenses for the Williams and Bally pinball trademarks will finally come to an end on June 30th, 2018. Therefore, after this date tables from these manufacturers will no longer be offered for sale within the Pinball Arcade. However, customers who purchased any of these tables prior to the deadline will continue to own them and have access to them within the Pinball Arcade, and we will continue to support them as we do the other tables in our collection. This change will affect all of our devices and platforms.

So if you’ve ever been interested in owning these great tables, please purchase them now, before they disappear!

FarSight will continue to release new tables for the Pinball Arcade. We are excited to announce that Season 8 will launch later this summer and will feature all of the recent Stern tables in Stern Pinball Arcade along with several new tables.

We’d like to sincerely thank all of our customers and fans over the past decade. Your amazing support of our game has helped build the Pinball Arcade into the greatest pinball simulation of all time. Pinball forever!

FarSight has been surprisingly forthcoming in the replies to this post and on Twitter. In one response they explained that part of the licensing deal prohibits them from putting the tables on sale so there can be no last-minute discount this time around. FarSight also sought to renew the license but according to another comment “The company that controls the WMS IP chose not to renew our agreement”.

The most revealing comment explains that this upcoming license expiration was the reason that The Pinball Arcade was released and removed from the Nintendo Switch eShop within a few hours. FarSight later confirmed that the game will be back on the Switch soon but that the release will happen after the Williams/Bally tables have been removed. In a subsequent post on Facebook, FarSight listed all 61 of the tables that will be removed after June 30th and it’s a depressing doozy:

Attack from Mars
Banzai Run
Black Knight
Black Knight 2000
Black Rose
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Cactus Canyon
Centaur
Cirqus Voltaire
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Cyclone
Diner
Doctor Who
Dr. Dude & HIs Excellent Ray
Earthshaker
Eight Ball Deluxe
Elvira and the Party Monsters
F-14 Tomcat
Fathom
Fireball
Firepower
Firepower II
Fish Tales
FunHouse
Gorgar
High Speed
Hurricane
Indianapolis 500
Jack Bot
Judge Dredd
Junk Yard
Medieval Madness
Monster Bash
No Fear: Dangerous Sports
No Good Gofers
Paragon
PIN•BOT
Red and Ted’s Road Show
Safe Cracker
Scared Stiff
Sorcerer
Space Shuttle
Spanish Eyes
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Swords Of Fury
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Taxi
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Addams Family
The Champion Pub
The Getaway: High Speed 2
The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot
The Party Zone
Theatre of Magic
Twilight Zone
Whirlwind
White Water
WHO Dunnit
Wild Card
World Champion Soccer
Xenon

Wii U downloads of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze put on ice?

Leading up to the May 4th release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Switch, one redditor decided to revisit the original title on Wii U this week and found it was missing from the eShop. I did a quick check and, sure enough, the “Buy Digital” link has been removed… but only in North America. The game is still available to download from both Nintendo Europe and Japan.

While the thinking is that the game was delisted in a nefarious push to get consumers to buy the more expensive Switch port, Archive.org shows it may have been removed a while ago. The last capture from February 25th is missing any reference to the eShop version. The latest capture that shows the download was available is from all the way back in October of 2017.

There’s still a lot of unaccounted for space between all of these dates so I’m going to wait before adding the game to the site in case this was all a big mistake. Maybe it’ll pop back up, say, a week after the Switch port has been out? I’ll circle back then and update. For now, the Wii U version remains available on physical media at around $30 in North America.

Sources: USgamer, Reddit

Super Monday Night Combat shutting down in advance of GDPR

As if licensing deals, trademarks, and bankruptcies weren’t enough to threaten a game’s existence, we now have the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) that could impact any online-enabled game. The first casualty is Uber Entertainment’s Super Monday Night Combat which the studio had managed to keep running since 2012 despite having under 200 daily players for years.

The cost to update the game to comply with the GDPR is simply too much to justify that small of a playerbase. Uber Entertainment posted to the game’s Steam Community on April 26th to announce that the game would be removed from sale immediately and that the servers would be shut down on May 23rd, 2018, the day before the GDPR goes into effect. The full announcement follows:

We want to thank all of you for your support of Super Monday Night Combat. Your passion is what made this game a pleasure to work on.

However, due to the upcoming European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline which is May 24th, we are sad to announce that we will be shutting down SMNC on that day. The game will remain active through May 23rd, 2018. Once our servers have been taken down, you will no longer be able to play SMNC in any game mode, so please make sure to get those matches in while you can.

As a special thank you to everyone that is still playing, from now until May 22nd, 2018, we will be giving you a gift of $10,000 of in-game currency. In order to get this, please contact our support team by emailing support@uberent.com or opening a ticket at http://support.uberent.com/ and be sure to include your ubernet login name. The support team will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and passion and we look forward to seeing you all again in our other games.

Speaking to Polygon, Uber explained a bit more about the legacy netcode that Super Monday Night Combat is built on and the work it would take to update the game.

“Uber […] said Super Monday Night Combat uses an older version of its multiplayer back-end system (called UberNet) that is not GDPR compliant. Making it compliant would require either rewriting large parts of that system or porting Super Monday Night Combat to Microsoft’s PlayFab platform. In both cases, Uber said, the cost of doing so exceeds the budget allocated to the now six-year-old game.”

I’ll have a page for the game up soon and the May 23rd deadline added to the Watch List calendar.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is back on sale on Xbox 360

Ubisoft doesn’t seem to be quite finished with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger just yet. After being delisted alongside Call of Juarez: The Cartel on March 30th, Gunslinger has returned to sale, at least on Xbox 360. The game returned no later than April 10th and has returned in all territories (AU, EU, JP, US).

The Steam version was last updated on April 4th, indicating it may return soon while the PlayStation 3 versions remain unavailable. Download codes for PlayStation 3 remain available through Amazon and the game can still be purchased in a bundle with Far Cry Blood Dragon on the European PlayStation Store.

My Ace Combat Infinity farewell playlist begins

You might’ve briefly seen this post a few weeks ago at the end of February when I still had access to my main YouTube channel. That’s where my delisted videos started but due to an unfortunate mishap (which YouTube has yet to respond to) all of that has gone away. I’m still hopeful it’ll be reinstated one day but for now my delisted videos live on their own channel. Ok, updated post commences:

Despite having now written about hundreds of delisted games, it’s still a rare occurrence for me to be actively playing one when the makers announce its end. The latest on that short list is Ace Combat Infinity, Namco’s free-to-play iteration of the arcade flight shooter that’s been up and running since 2014. With the Project Aces team now fully committed to the upcoming Ace Combat 7, the time has come to spin down Ace Combat Infinity. It’s a sad but understandable decision.

I’m no Ace myself (and still fly some low-to-mid tier aircraft) but that didn’t stop me from recording as much as I could before the end. It’s all rolling out over the next few weeks in a Delisted Special Series playlist that will be updated every day. First up is a little refresher for myself and an overview of the game for anyone new to the title. It’s a first-boot situation, seeing the shutdown announcement for the first time before navigating through the game’s gargantuan upgrade and unlock systems.

The next eight days will feature the game’s campaign missions where classic Ace Combat scenarios are retooled around a short new story. These are all commentary-free and I use the default aircraft for as pure an experience as possible. After that I’ll roll out several of the game’s Online Co-Op and Team Deathmatch missions which I recorded in an attempt to capture each of the unique missions, modes, and locations.

Finally, there’s one video from my last night with the game where I’m on the mic, airing all my parting thoughts while trying (and failing) to connect to a match. Absolutely last is a brief “what remains” clip of what happens when you boot the game up after it’s been shut down.

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.