[UPDATE 02/01/24] That didn’t take long. The game was delisted on GOG.com shortly after our post went up on January 31st and the Xbox release has been removed as of February 1st. Our original post from the 31st continues below:
Spec Ops: The Line first disappeared on Steam on Monday of this week with no advanced warning or explanation coming from publisher 2K. In the time since, several outlets have managed to eke a brief response out of the company with IGN, Polygon, and The Verge sharing the following statement:
Spec Ops: The Line will no longer be available on online storefronts, as several partnership licenses related to the game are expiring.
Players who have purchased the game can still download and play the game uninterrupted. 2K would like to thank our community of players who have supported the game, and we look forward to bringing you more offerings from our label throughout this year and beyond.2K Statement – January 30, 2024
Even before their response many assumed that the game had been delisted due to expired licensing of several music tracks featured in the game. Listings for The Line have apparently been disappearing from PC code resellers but as of this writing it can still be picked up on GOG.com and the Xbox Store. There’s also a listing on the Xbox 360 Marketplace site but given how flaky that buying experience has been you might as well head directly to an Xbox console to try and scoop this one up before it’s gone.
No timeline was given before the game is removed but on GOG.com Spec Ops: The Line is part of a New Year Sale that ends on February 5th. The Xbox release seems likely to linger on for the longest but it might still be gone within weeks. Thanks to everyone who submitted the news on this one to the site.