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?