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ThreeProphets



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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 8:08 am    Post subject: Xbox 360 games disappearing from the digital marketplace Reply with quote

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but I noticed the announcement thread has been dead for 7 years, so here goes:

There are several 360 games vanishing from the Xbox Marketplace. If you owned a digital copy you can still download it, but you can't buy them. Obviously, you can still get them on disc, but in the increasingly digital age, I find this disturbing. These games could become rare. Does anyone know why this is happening?

Games I've noticed so far are HAWX 2, OFP Red River, and Mass Effect 2 and 3
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presumably, unwillingness to continue paying licensing fees on an old game is a big part of it. Older stuff has been getting delisted for a while now. There's a handful of XBLA games, like Scott Pilgrim, that are impossible to get legally now, since they aren't on Marketplace anymore and never had a physical release.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So in order to keep their games on the marketplace, publishers have to not only relinquish a portion of their profits, but pay continual licensing fees as well?
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly. What I was getting at was something like my example of Scott Pilgrim, where the license to use the Scott Pilgrim name/likeness/etc. was probably only valid for a few years. Once that ran out, rather than renew the license, they just pulled the game from the market. That seems to be at the root of a lot of the games that have been pulled from download. This is largely speculation, though. I'm in no way an expert on the process of getting a game published.
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Niiue



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skrybe wrote:
Not exactly. What I was getting at was something like my example of Scott Pilgrim, where the license to use the Scott Pilgrim name/likeness/etc. was probably only valid for a few years. Once that ran out, rather than renew the license, they just pulled the game from the market. That seems to be at the root of a lot of the games that have been pulled from download. This is largely speculation, though. I'm in no way an expert on the process of getting a game published.


That's correct.
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Mustard Broach



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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan Wake was just pulled from Steam due to music licensing issues. According to Xbox's website, it's still available on XBL, but they may have just not removed it yet.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, reasons are different.

Some games are unlisted because of some Copyright wars and trials (f. e. Catan)

Some are delisted because their rightful publisher decided so (After Burner Climax)

Some are delisted, because their IP owner bankrupts and noone purchases this IP (F. e. Stranglehold - note it is still there and you can buy DLCs)

For some we might never know - like Trouble Witches Neo!
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M'cin wrote:
Some are delisted because their rightful publisher decided so (After Burner Climax)


After Burner Climax featured actual aircrafts from Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Sega simply choose not to renew their license. Same thing happened with that one Outrun game that was available digitally on PS3 and 360.
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