With little warning and with even less explanation, Square Enix have announced via Steam that The Last Remnant will be removed from digital sale on September 4th. The succinct news reads:
We will soon be discontinuing digital and physical sales of The Last Remnant on PC.
Sales will cease at the times below:-
Japan region: Wednesday 5th September, approximately 2:00 (JST)
NA region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 10:00(PDT)
EU region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 17:00(GMT)
Anyone already owning the game will still be able to play as per usual.
Thanks to everyone who’s adventured with the Mitras, Yamas, Qsitis and Sovanis!
Released on Xbox 360 in 2008 and on PC the following year, the game’s unexpected removal nearly a decade later may be due to a number of reasons. The Last Remnant was Square Enix’s first foray into development on the Unreal engine, a platform that may require a new licensing deal after so many years. It could also be due to lack of resources within Square Enix to maintain the game’s compatibility which was originally built for Windows XP. Unfortunately, Square Enix has given no official explanation.
The Last Remnant remains available on physical media for Xbox 360 and PC and after the deadline you’ll still be able to play it on Steam. I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page up on the site soon.