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Marvel Games Are Disappearing From Steam, PSN, and Xbox Live

Ricky writes, "Gamers took notice early this morning after a NeoGAF user pointed out that the High Moon Studios’ adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Deadpool had conspicuously disappeared off every major digital gaming platform; Steam, Playstation Network, and Xbox Live are all missing the Merc with a Mouth’s latest video game outing, which received less than stellar reviews when it launched earlier this year. But that’s hardly a reason to drop a game from every digital network imaginable, so what happened?"

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Godmars290997d ago

DISNEY!!

On the other hand, by review scores and sales is anyone really going to miss this game? And those who do doesn't either already own it or can buy a physical copy?

PeaSFor997d ago

they better not touch my Marvel themed tables in Zen Pinball 2

*Shake both fists in the air*

rambi80997d ago

*In best "Dan VS" inpression*

DISNEEEEY!!!!!!!!

Larry L997d ago

This is not a Disney thing, I know that for sure. I've personally had these exact issues with whatever Marvel's digital entertainment group is called YEARS ago with multiple titles, long before the Disney deal happened.

The first time they did it and it affected me was with MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 2 DLC. I got the game when it came out with the pre-order bonuses and when the DLC came out I planned on buying it, but I was broke. I was gonna buy it with my christmas money, I bought a PSN card the next business day for it, by chance they took it down THAT DAY (it was a Wednsday and this was when PSN updated on Wednsdays), and they didn't mention they were going to take it down or anything, and also the pre-order DLC was no longer downloadable when I reinstalled the game to play the DLC.

I sent them an email about it and amazingly (some of you may remember this), they made an announcement on the PSBlog (and I assume Xbox as well) that they were putting the DLC back up for a month, so anyone who wants it can get it before it's gone forever. Which was nice, because I did enjoy that DLC.......still pissed and bitter I never got the extra characters Xbox got for that game though, lol.

I think it's just that MARVEL doesn't really have alot of money to burn so to speak. And as soon as things aren't selling, they pull the content because it does cost them money to keep that content for sale on Sony, MS and Valve's servers.

MightyNoX997d ago

I still have my physical copies of Deadpool and UMvC3. The first one is disposable fun, I do plan on replaying it on someday.

Digital is susceptible to too many factors like loss of license, loss of internet etc and poof, it's gone.
Hence, why I love retail. :D

Volkama997d ago

People that bought the digital copies still have them too. They will have a problem if they need another copy, but then so will you.

You can still sell yours though, if that's your thing.

KwietStorm997d ago

It might be bigger than that. It's not just about scores. Activision published superhero games have been crap for years, it's not like that's new. But with the rumor that Capcom losing their Marvel license (and I don't care what anyone has to say about Capcom, their fighting games have been proven successes for decades and the Marvel vs Capcom series is no different), it seems like either Marvel or Disney (ack) might be making some questionable moves behind the curtain.

Volkama997d ago

They're rolling all the characters into the next Star Wars film.

awi5951996d ago

Disney ruins everything! Like how they canceled the great tv show starwars the clone was and put crappy lego starwars in its place WTH.

Dannycr997d ago

I do. I was hoping for a PS+ release

SlapHappyJesus997d ago

Well, I bought it during the sale and am actually really enjoying it.
Melee could be a bit more in-depth, but that's really my only complaint.

Not to mention the game is pretty damn funny.

DeadlyFire996d ago

I wouldn't blame Disney. Its likely the publisher lost the license or transferred it to a new company. The new company will want their logo on all of the branded merchandise. Essentially they will just rerelease the games and possibly patch their logo over the current product in an update.

SeanScythe996d ago

*Sad Music Plays*

For $1 a day you could help save these poor games. With your contributions you will help save the lives of these endangered games becoming extinct.

*More Sad Music Plays*

Games like Deadpool are fading away and without your help may never have a chance to survive. Please find it in our hearts to give $30 a month. For donating you will receive and t-shirt that shows others how much you care and they don't.

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DanielGearSolid997d ago

Disney could pay someone to make a decent marvel game. Activision wasnt doing anything notable with the IP

nirwanda997d ago

That's completely the opposite to how licenceing works.
That's like saying McDonald's/KFC/subway whoever should pay the owner to run a franchise.

ExCest997d ago (Edited 997d ago )

Can you explain that analogy? It seems that your analogy explains something that kinda... works and is already done.

nirwanda997d ago (Edited 997d ago )

My point is Disney wouldn't pay anyone to make a marvel game when Activision is paying them for the licence to make marvel games.
It just ain't how businesses are run.
I.e. you buy into a franchise to benefit from their branding not the other way around.

DanielGearSolid996d ago

Could go both ways... Depends on the strength of the IP.

If no-ones interested in purchasing the license, they go out and make use of it themselves

awi5951996d ago

If it was a good game they would cancel it anway! Because stupid Disney doesnt want it competing with their crappy kids games of the same I.P. This is why tolken banned disney from having anything to do with the lord of the rings books because he knew back then they were a crappy company that turned everything they touched into a kiddy joke and no room for depth or adult themes in entertainment.

JoeSchmoh997d ago

its all about the movies coming out. certain movie studios own rights to those characters in those games so now that they're proposing all these comic movies now with venom, new xmen movie, etc.. a deadpool movie is gonna be made. marvel/disney still dont have movie rights to xmen and spiderman..i think fantastic four too.

Soldierone997d ago

Sony has rights to SpiderMan and gave rights to Activision to make games based off their movies. SpiderMan in general must have went back to Disney which means Activision can only use him if it's based on a movie from Sony.

CorndogBurglar996d ago

Spider-Man's rights, in general, never left Marvel. Only his MOVIE rights.

The reason ALL Spider-Man games are made through Activision is because Marvel is the one that gave them the rights to make games. Even Spidey's non-movie based games are made by Activision.

You have to remember that even though Sony and Fox may have the film rights, Marvel still has a dog in the race because they are still making money off the movies that get made. Its the reason Marvel still advertises and promotes the Sony/Fox made films. Making games based on the films would also benefit them.

Soldierone996d ago

Sony has rights to videogames based off the movies.That's why their logo appears on the games based on their movies.

CorndogBurglar996d ago

Actually, Sony owns the MOVIE rights to Spider-Man. Fox owns the MOVIE rights to X-Men and their related characters, and Fantastic Four.

The movie studios don't fully own the characters' rights, they only own the rights to make movies based on them.

Any games that get made are being done through a completely different deal between Marvel and said video game company.

AHall88997d ago

I take it Marvel Heroes is safe from all this?

jackwei22997d ago

I just made sure I downloaded all my marvel ultimate alliance 2 content I purchased a while ago on PSN, so if you guys have marvel content on PSN or Xbox Live Arcade would recommend you download it all now.

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