Activision Marvel Games Disappear From Sale After License Expires

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 10:20 AM
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Digital version’s of game’s developed by Activision featuring Marvel licenses have been removed from all digital store fronts after the company’s license with comic book publisher expired.

Any titles featuring heroes such as Deadpool, Spider Man and the X-Men have been dumped from digital stores following a New Year’s Eve license expiration…

The Marvel license was acquired by Disney when it bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion back in 2009 and it appears that Activision community manager Dan Amrich was quick to shift the blame onto Walt Disney Studios, saying; “For those asking about it, Marvel Activision titles are no longer available for digital download. Contracts have dates. Whatchagonnado.

Affected games include Deadpool, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Destiny, X-Men: The Official Game and the Marvel vs Capcom series.

The titles have vanished from all store fronts, including Steam, Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. It’s thought they are unlikely to return after the publishing rights expired, with no additional copies expected to be entering any stores. Those who’ve already bought the titles will still be able to download and play the games for the foreseeable future.]

It's unknown why a title such as Deadpool would have been knowingly shipped by Activision with a six-month shelf life, raising concerns about Disney's involvement, who also own the Star Wars license having bought LucasArts for $4.05 billion back in October 2012.

Disappointed that these titles have disappeared from sale forever?

Does this point to ominous signs for the future of digital distribution as licenses and rights expire?

 

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00:26 Jan-03-2014

No longer available for Digital Download. This article makes no mention of physical copies though, so I suppose if you want the games you're going to have to find them. This actually gives me hope that the digital revolution is not just plodding along unchecked, giving hard copies a bit of a fighting chance perhaps?

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12:32 Jan-02-2014

to think that piracy is the only way left to play those... :(

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15:08 Jan-02-2014

But dat's virus sh!t!!!

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15:11 Jan-02-2014

this topic is really worth debate haha, coz if you cannot buy the game, then it means the money is not wanted and so pirating is not harming? interesting really, but please I don't wanna see spreading the general piracy discussion here.

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16:42 Jan-02-2014

sure ^^

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22:54 Jan-02-2014

Wait piracy is still wrong dafuq?

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06:53 Jan-03-2014

yes, because then nobody is encouraged to make good games (or do you think game makers don't need money to live?) :P

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11:32 Jan-02-2014

It is no problem download them pirated if you want
because it is now the only way to play them

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10:49 Jan-02-2014

Noooooo...
Activision is the worst company ever existed to me :(
A year ago, December, they removed all their James Bond games...
Including Blood Stone, Quantum of Solace and 007 Legends (not that it wasn't a bad game) :(
Now they remove all of their Marvel games... At least they kept the amazing spider-man :/

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10:37 Jan-02-2014

Disney supporting piracy lol :P

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10:36 Jan-02-2014

woot. thats the first time i hear of something like this. why would they want to stop making free money?

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