|Digital Release:||Xbox 360 Games on Demand
January 08, 2013 (AU, EU, US)
August 2015 - RELISTED
October 23, 2015
December 15, 2015 (AU, EU, US)
|Delistings:||January 1, 2014 (Xbox 360)
March 31, 2017 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Steam)
|Available On:||Retail (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)|
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions was initially delisted from Xbox 360 Games on Demand on January 1st, 2014 alongside several other Spider-Man and X-Men titles published by Activision. The game was first relisted no later than August 10th, 2015 on Xbox 360 ahead of its Steam release on October 23rd, 2015. It was next released as a PlayStation Store download for PlayStation 3 on December 15th, 2015.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions was then delisted for a second time on March 31st, 2017 on Steam. It was last confirmed available on Xbox 360 on March 23rd but it was presumably delisted on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 around March 31st. This delisting was once again due to Activision’s license of Spider-Man though the timeframe differs from typical delistings that happen on 2, 3, or 5 year cycles. In Shattered Dimensions’ case it was delisted approximately a year and a half after it reappeared.
Speculation on the Mass 2014 Delistings
Activision’s initial license to Marvel’s Spider-Man and X-Men properties was established in 2000. In 2003 and again in 2005 Activision announced extensions to the “long-term, broad-based strategic alliance” through the year 2017.
One possibility for the delisting in 2014 rather than 2017 could be due to Disney’s purchase of Marvel in 2009. Activision may have negotiated or been granted an extension up to 2014 on these Spider-Man and X-Men titles which were all delisted on or near January 1st, 2014:
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- X-Men: The Official Game
- X-Men Destiny
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
All of the titles above were delisted alongside Activision’s Deadpool game which itself was relisted in 2015 before being delisted again in 2017. Activision’s more recent games based on Sony Pictures The Amazing Spider-Man movies were not delisted in 2014. Presumably, these two were secured under the original 2005 deal or a subsequent deal with Sony Pictures that may have expired in 2016, clearing the way for Insomniac’s Spider-Man game. They were ultimately delisted in January of 2017 alongside many of Activision’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.
About the Game
“Spider-Man™: Shattered Dimensions is an action-packed adventure encompassing four dramatically different parallel universes, each with its own Spider-Man armed with unique strengths. Each stunning universe has its own detailed art design and thrilling gameplay with challenging skill sets to master in order to unlock powerful new moves. Explore dramatic, stunning environments, wield explosive new powers, and face epic boss battles against extraordinary foes. Experience the legendary Super Hero like never before: Four unique worlds. Four distinct Spider-Men. One unparalleled experience!“