Marvel removes digital download availability for its games

By on January 2, 2014, 3:45 PM
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A slew of Marvel-based titles have been yanked from digital storefronts, including Steam, Xbox Live, and the Playstation Network. This news come on the heels of a recent Marvel “New Years sale” that was spotted on Facebook. Titles like Deadpool, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, X-Men: Destiny, and a mass of other super-human releases saw large price cuts at a variety of digital outlets.

The Facebook post stated that “These games – and their corresponding DLC – will no longer be available on the Xbox Games Store or the PlayStation Network after New Year's Eve.” But we were not aware that this also affected PC users and Steam. Rumors that Marvel was moving its titles completely out of the digital download realm soon followed and were validated by Activision's community manager Dan Amrich.

“For those asking about it: Marvel Activision titles are no longer available for digital download. Hence the sale!,” said Amrich in a recent Twitter post. He went on to say that Capcom had also pulled its popular Marvel Vs. Capcom games from digital download.

It is possible that Marvel's parent company, Disney is attempting to re-evaluate distribution of the super hero brand, and that these titles will once again find their way onto a digital platform in the near future. It is also important to note that Deadpool recently released (within the last 6 months) and it is uncertain if this will affect availability and stock of the game from a retail standpoint. 

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GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Thats disappointing, but oh well this was expected at some point since the age of digital media is at hand.

chuckmeister said:

Good luck with that, Disney

ikesmasher said:

I kind of miss the days of physical copies. xD

Cycloid Torus Cycloid Torus said:

Maybe they should reissue on Hollerith cards ( [link] ).

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They must have something up their sleeve. I don't see them shooting themselves in the foot this way for long.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Guess I won't be picking up a cheap copy of Deadpool in the next Steam sale then.

2 people like this | Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Lol hilarious. They did what?! *rubs eyes*

Cycloid Torus Cycloid Torus said:

The answer has finally materialized... reissue to be on 67 5.25" floppies per IT Director, M. Mouse..

Guest said:

Hmm, let's see. If I wanted to play one of those games....

Get in my car and go out in the blistering frigid weather to try to find it locally?

Or check piratebay and wait a few hours in the comfort of my warm chair?

Yeah, not a bright move on Marvel's part

Guest said:

Actually it might be a good move if they're taking this time to reevaluate their contracts---particularly those with Activision. Their games have been mediocre for the most part. I'm hoping they either set up with another company that can make great games e.g., Rocksteady or they set up their own great studio and finally give us some great Marvel Super Hero games that these characters deserve.

Guest said:

This is like some Ricky Spanish type junk why won't companies embrace the digital age and stop nickel and diming us consumers and gamers!

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The photo in the article! XD

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