Game Preservation News

Marcus, Dom, Cole, and Baird from Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which is a remaster of the Xbox 360 game Gears of War

Xbox 360 Store To Close Next July, Microsoft Announces

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 store is to close its doors for good next year. According to a post on the official Xbox site, the Xbox 360 store will close down on July 29th, after which…

August 17, 2023 | 09:33 EDT

Duke Nukem Forever sidescrolling screenshot with the King himself.

2D Sidescrolling Version of Duke Nukem Forever Leaked

It's a really good time to be a Duke Nukem fan, as another version of Duke Nukem Forever was leaked on Christmas day. First, we had the early versions of Duke Nukem Forever leak earlier this year--…

December 27, 2022 | 11:05 EST

The Epic Games logo over a shot of Rock Band Blitz

Epic Is Turning Off Servers For Unreal And Rock Band Games

Epic Games has announced that it will be sunsetting online services for various "older" games in its catalog. These include Rock Band and Unreal titles, as well as a handful of other Epic games you…

December 14, 2022 | 12:44 EST

Several characters wielding rifles in Hitman Sniper: The Shadows, one of the Onoma mobile games being delisted

Deus Ex And Hitman Mobile Games To Be Delisted Next Week

Four Onoma (formerly Square Enix Montreal) mobile games are to be delisted next week. The delisting, which applies to games from major franchises like Deus Ex and Hitman, doesn't just mean you won't…

November 23, 2022 | 09:43 EST

The Postal Dude holding a remote control and looking at the Postal 3 title screen

Postal 3 Delisted On Steam Due To DRM Problems

Unless you're a huge Postal fan, you might be pretty ambivalent about whether you want to see Postal 3 delisted from Steam, given its bad reputation. Still, that's exactly what's happened;…

November 21, 2022 | 10:53 EST

Screenshot from of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, where the player stands within the castle and it tells the player what the objective is: Jump, slash and dash your way through the castle.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Handheld Port Unearthed

Footage of a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night handheld port that was never released has surfaced, and it has us pretty pumped, to say the least. The video brings back memories that we didn't even…

October 24, 2022 | 11:51 EDT

A player aiming at a monster (also controlled by a player) in Evolve

2K Looking At Evolve Revival As Fans Keep The Game Alive

Ill-fated multiplayer shooter Evolve could be revived, as 2K has acknowledged the diligent work of fans in keeping the game alive. 2K says it "hear[s] and appreciate[s]" the feedback from players…

October 21, 2022 | 10:37 EDT

Three marines walking towards the camera in Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Delisted And Servers Closed

Without any prior warning, gory chess game Warhammer 40,000: Regicide has been delisted from Steam and mobile storefronts. The game's servers have also been shut down, and although offline play…

October 20, 2022 | 11:27 EDT

Mega Man leaping across platforms in the PSP game Mega Man Powered Up

Mega Man Powered Up Servers Shutting Down In November

Capcom has announced that it's shutting down the Mega Man Powered Up servers this November. This decision means that all of the user-created content in the game's level editor will be deleted, as…

September 23, 2022 | 10:59 EDT

A character kneeling before a demonic queen in Ascend: Hand of Kul

Ascend: Hand Of Kul Is Coming Back After Being Delisted

Remember Xbox 360 free-to-play title Ascend: Hand of Kul? It was an action RPG released back in 2013 and swiftly delisted in late 2014, meaning nobody can play it anymore. However, developer Signal…

September 6, 2022 | 11:24 EDT

A car skidding around a dirt track in Project Cars 2

Project Cars Games Being Delisted Due To Licensing Issues

Slightly Mad Studios has announced that Project Cars and Project Cars 2 will be delisted later this year. They're being removed from sale due to licensing issues, but you'll still be able to play…

August 22, 2022 | 12:07 EDT

The Analogue Pocket retro console

Analogue Pocket 1.1 Update Beta Arrives With New Features

The long-awaited Analogue Pocket 1.1 update beta is finally here, and it's bringing some cool new game preservation-related features with it. These features include the debut of the openFPGA system,…

July 29, 2022 | 12:17 EDT

A banner image for Computer The Golf, one of the early Falcom classics being translated by fan group The Geofront

Fans Are Translating The Earliest Falcom Games

Fan translation group The Geofront has announced that it will release fan translations of "the oldest jewels in the Falcom crown". Starting with 1983's Computer The Golf, The Geofront will translate…

July 15, 2022 | 10:53 EDT

An image of the StudioCanal property American Gods, overlaid with the PlayStation and StudioCanal logos

Sony Deleting Content From PlayStation Libraries

Sony is removing some StudioCanal content from users' PlayStation libraries in certain territories, meaning those users won't be able to view that content anymore. The removal will take effect in…

July 7, 2022 | 10:03 EDT

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise Preserved Forest of Illusion cover

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise Prototype Preserved by Forest of Illusion

Nintendo game preservationist team Forest of Illusion has announced that it has preserved a prototype version of Rare and THQ's Nintendo DS game Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. Viva Pinata is fondly…

May 5, 2022 | 04:07 EDT

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Gameplay for Canceled Half-Life Ravenholm Game Revealed by Noclip

New gameplay footage of the canceled Half-Life Ravenholm game has been revealed by Noclip, giving us insight into a Half-Life game we never got to play. Back in 2020, documentary company NoClip…

May 4, 2022 | 03:43 EDT

The Wordle word game being played on a mobile device

Free Wordle Launched By Video Game Preservationists

The Free Video Games Project has launched a free version of popular word game Wordle. According to the Project, Free Wordle has been released in order to combat the original Wordle potentially being…

February 23, 2022 | 12:27 EST

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Dolphin Emulator Steam Deck Release Teased by Devs

A Dolphin Emulator Steam Deck release has been teased by the developers of the popular emulation software for Nintendo Wii and GameCube. Valve's Steam Deck is an upcoming handheld gaming PC that is…

February 18, 2022 | 02:38 EST

A graveyard where the Eurogamer forums are burried.

Eurogamer Forums Suddenly Shut Down

A few days ago, the Eurogamer forums were shut down with little prior notice, a part of their website which had been running for over twenty years. The sudden death of a forum with so much history…

September 15, 2021 | 09:46 EDT

A screenshot of a zeppelin from the Castlevania Bloodlines beta.

Castlevania Bloodlines Beta ROM Released to Public

Twenty years ago, a beta ROM of the 1994 Genesis game Castlevania Bloodlines was sold at an eBay auction and vanished from the public eye. Now, this ROM has resurfaced and shared so that old-school…

August 13, 2021 | 10:08 EDT

Resistance:Burning Skies

Resistance: Burning Skies Pitch Presentation Leaked, Was Originally Resistance: Homefront

The pitch for Resistance: Burning Skies has leaked, leading to some fascinating info. For example, it was pitched on October 19, 2009 as Resistance: Homefront, 2.5 years before it was released on the…

July 15, 2021 | 11:18 EDT

Ocarina of Time Spaceworld 97 Demo Mod

Ocarina of Time Spaceworld 97 Mod Hopes to Recreate the Lost Demo

A few months back, the discovery of several beta maps and assets for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time from the Forest of Illusion team sparked a renewed interest in the history and development of…

July 10, 2021 | 05:47 EDT

Ness standing outside his house in EarthBound.

EarthBound Source Code Snippets Uncovered

A former Nintendo of America employee has discovered some raw scripting files from when he worked on the classic SNES RPG EarthBound. These files, donated to the Video Game History Foundation, gives…

June 4, 2021 | 12:57 EDT

A celebration image for the 18th birthday of Toontown.

Toontown Online Preserved in Massive Preservation Effort

Toontown Online, one of the oldest kid-friendly MMOs, has just turned 18 years old. To celebrate, the team behind the Toontown Rewritten private server have announced a massive preservation project…

June 3, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

PS2 Rare Game Demo Screens

Red Dead Revolver and Other Lost PS2 Demos Found and Preserved

Game preservation is not just about finding rare games. It is also finding game demos, which are even harder to come by at times because of how unusually some demos are distributed, especially during…

December 2, 2020 | 04:34 EST

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Drunk Insult Swordfighting And Other Secrets of Monkey Island Revealed

The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the most popular adventure games ever made. Known for its humor, clever puzzles and gorgeous animations, The Secret of Monkey Island is perhaps the crown jewel…

November 25, 2020 | 10:55 EST

3D Challenge Tech Demo

3D Challenge, An Unreleased 3DS Tech Demo, Released Online

It is another bit of Nintendo history that has been uncovered and posted onto the internet, with Nintendo prototype 3D Challenge. This time around, it is looking at a long game that not only never…

October 26, 2020 | 06:24 EDT

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New DMCA's from Twitch Destroy Streamers Archives

In a massive blow to both preservation of game content and streaming archives, new Twitch rules have resulted in the deletion for hundreds of streamers for their archived content, in what Twitch is…

October 21, 2020 | 09:10 EDT

Warhawk Online Servers PS3

Fans Are Reviving PlayStation 3 Servers, Starting with Warhawk

Not a lot of people may remember Warhawk, a rather niche multiplayer PS3 exclusive title. It was a game where players would fly in jet fighters, engaging in dogfights online with each other. The game…

October 2, 2020 | 02:23 EDT

Nintendo Leak Metroid Master Disk Card

Nintendo Employee Advocated For Use of Emulators in Testing Games Found In Leak

The Nintendo Gigaleak continues, but this time we go some interesting tidbits of Nintendo History to sift through, and in one case, a Nintendo employee pushing the company to use ROMs. A few days…

October 2, 2020 | 11:30 EDT

Pokemon Capsule Monsters Docs

Game Freak Preserving Pokemon Documents by Digitizing Them

If there is one company in the gaming world that always generates interest in their inner workings, it is Game Freak, the creators of the Pokemon franchise. Part of this goes into the long-term…

September 28, 2020 | 10:40 EDT

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National Videogame Museum Goes Virtual in Doom 2

The National Videogame Museum has gone virtual in one of the most gamer ways possible, with a little help from Doom 2.  A few days ago it was announced that the National Videogame Museum, located in…

August 11, 2020 | 10:08 EDT

SimCity SimRefinery cover

Simcity Developer Maxis Once Made Games For Businesses

Roughly 30 years ago, SimCity was making waves as a fun new simulation game. Players could build out an entire city and watch it spring to life — or die a horrible, fiery death. Fans had loads of fun…

May 19, 2020 | 04:32 EDT

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Terraria: Otherworld Open Source Petition Gets Response from Developer

A lot of people are keeping their eyes on Terraria, but a Terraria: Otherworld open source petition is focused on something else entirely — getting a canceled game released to the public for free.…

May 12, 2020 | 05:52 EDT

traffic safety game

Lost Traffic Safety Game Uncovered for SEGA Master System

A lost traffic safety game for the SEGA Master System has been recovered by SMS Power!, a game community dedicated to preserving 8-bit SEGA games. Titled Game de Check! Koutsuu Anzen (ゲームでチェック!交通安全…

March 27, 2020 | 02:45 EDT

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Nintendo PlayStation Auction Concludes with Six-Figure Winning Bid

A unique piece of gaming history has just been sold. The Nintendo PlayStation auction has come to an end, netting the seller a tidy six-figure sum. If you're unfamiliar with the background of this…

March 6, 2020 | 01:55 EST

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What Will Happen to Flash Games? This Museum Wants to Save Them

What will happen to Flash games? With the impending end of support for the beleaguered software program coming in 2020, we may soon lose access to a big piece of gaming history. Thankfully, The…

March 5, 2020 | 03:11 EST