Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line

Digital ReleaseSteam
June 29, 2012

PlayStation 3
June 29, 2012 (AU, EU)
July 03, 2012 (NA)

Xbox 360
November 06, 2012 (AU, EU, NA)
August 20, 2013 (KO)

May 13, 2019
DelistingJanuary 29, 2024 – Steam
January 30, 2024 – PlayStation 3, Xbox One [BC]
January 31, 2024 – GOG.com
February 01, 2024 – Xbox 360
Publisher2K Games
Missing Link Games (Steam)
Available OnRetail
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
LinksSteamDB page
2K Games page [Archive]


Spec Ops: The Line first disappeared on Steam on January 29th, 2024 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 IGNPolygon, 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. In the days following, listings for The Line were removed from all remaining storefronts, including GOG.com, the Xbox Store and most PC code resellers. The game remains available on physical media.

About the Game

Spec Ops: The Line is a new original title from 2K Games that features provocative and gripping Third-Person modern military Shooter gameplay designed to challenge players’ morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made. Features include, a gripping, storyline reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness but set in a ruined Dubai, tactical squad-based Delta Force gameplay throughout a horizontally and vertically oriented world, devastating sandstorms which can be used in combat, a variety of multiplayer modes and maps, and deep support featuring two factions.

It’s been 6 months since Dubai was wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm. Thousands of lives were lost, including those of American soldiers sent to evacuate the city. Today, the city lies buried under sand, the world’s most opulent ruin. Now, a mysterious radio signal is picked-up from Dubai, and a Delta Recon Team is sent to infiltrate the city. Their mission is simple: Locate survivors and radio for Evac. What they find is a city in the grip of war. To save Dubai, they’ll have to find the man at the heart of its madness—Col. John Konrad.

Thanks to everyone who submitted this game to the site