|Digital Release:||Xbox 360 Games on Demand
November 13, 2012 (AU, EU, US)
|Delisting:||January 1, 2014
(Available for: 1y 1m)
The Xbox 360 Games on Demand version of X-Men Destiny was confirmed delisted on January 1, 2014.
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 (see below)
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Spider-Man 3
- X-Men: The Official Game
- X-Men Destiny
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
One exception to the list was Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions which reappeared on Xbox 360 in August of 2015 while debuting on Steam in October and on PlayStation 3 in December. It was most recently delisted on all platforms in 2017. All of the other 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
“Play as one of three new characters in X-Men lore, each one of whom must come to terms with their unique background and powerful mutant identity while uncovering the truth behind an epic event that threatens to tear apart the tenuous peace between humanity and mutant kind. Fight alongside and against famous mutants from the X-Men comics, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost and more. Will you choose to follow the teachings of the X-Men to unite mutants and humans, or will you usher in a new age of mutant domination with Magneto’s Brotherhood? YOU decide.
- Choose from three different characters to play, all with unique history and personalities
- Define and evolve your own X-Men mutant through choice and customization with “X-genes”
- Align with either the X-Men or the Brotherhood of mutants
- Select, expand and enhance your powers as you customize your abilities and earn upgrades
- Your decisions shape the story and change the world around you
In the action-RPG X-Men Destiny, you control the fate of a new mutant in the X-Men universe. Every choice has a consequence, as your destiny is determined through the decisions you make.”
– Nintendo.com description