It appears a few more games based on popular IPs are being taken off of digital marketplaces by publisher Activision.
As reported earlier, Activision has removed The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from console digital marketplaces. It seems those pulls have finally hit Steam, with both games no longer listed as being available to buy.
Yet it seems three more games have been hit by takedowns. Two of them are based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan having been taken off of Steam. Mutants in Manhattan has also been taken off the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace. Out of the Shadows was released on August 28th, 2013 on PC and Xbox 360, with a PlayStation 3 version in the following year. The game received almost unanimously bad reviews. Mutants in Manhattan, on the other hand, only came out about 8 months ago, launching at the very end of May 2016 for PC and all current and last gen consoles besides the Wii U. You can read our review of the game here, but it wasn’t a very good game either.
The other game pulled was Fast & Furious: Showdown, a driving game based on the movie franchise of the same name. It opened to mostly terrible reviews and was forgotten about quite quickly. The game was also available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U. There’s currently no word on why any of these games were pulled, but the easy assumption is that the license has expired.
As is almost always the case for delisted games (P.T. excluded), if you already purchased them then you can still download and play them whenever you want. If you have not purchased them yet then you either need to find a third party that still has codes, or get a disc version if one exists.
We have reached out to Activision, the publisher of these titles, as well as the developers of the individual titles for more information and will update if we learn more.
How do you feel about these delistings? Wanted to grab one of the games? Still going to try? Let us know in the comments.