Telltale’s Poker Night 2, a game where a bunch of video game characters come together to play hold’em poker, is no longer available for purchase on most digital platforms according to a support article on the developer’s official website.
Telltale Games is best known for their adventure games, but they’ve also dipped their toe into other genres. One of the most notable projects was the Poker Night games which featured a cast of characters from different video game franchises coming together to play hold’em poker. Aside from their colorful cast of characters, the Poker Night games were used as a vehicle for delivering unique items for other games like Team Fortress 2 provided that players could complete certain in-game goals.
Unfortunately, the use of IP from other games necessitates a license agreement and license agreements have a tendency to expire. The one for Poker Night 2 has since wound down and Telltale Games has no intention of renewing it. This means that they no longer have the legal right to sell the game any longer, and as a result, it’s been pulled from digital storefronts entirely.
If you already happen to own the game on Steam, iOS, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3, you’ll still be able to download it in the future as with any other purchased product. Telltale warns that Apple, in particular, may have issues with listing the game and will restore it to your account at their discretion.
At the moment, the game is still purchasable at Amazon and the Microsoft Store for $4.99 and on the PlayStation Store for $9.99, though there’s no way of knowing how much longer that’s going to last. The first game Poker Night At The Inventory is still available for purchase on Steam,
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What do you think of Poker Night 2 being pulled from digital stores? Do you think game developers should have longer or perpetual license agreements to avert this kind of problem? Do you wish that Telltale would have let people know in advance that the license was expiring? Let us know in the comments below!