Activision developed games based on Marvel Comics properties are no longer available for sale through digital download platforms, the publisher has confirmed.
Fans noted that titles including High Moon Studios' recently released Deadpool had been delisted on Steam and took to Twitter for an explanation.
Activision community manager Dan Amrich responded to queries by confirming a number of games including Silicon Knights' X-Men: Destiny, X-Men: Origins and numerous Spider-Man games, will no longer be available on Steam, Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.
Here's the full list of pulled titles and DLC:
- Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
- X-Men: Origins - Wolverine
- X-Men: Origins - Wolverine Weapon X DLC
- X-Men: Destiny
- X-Men: The Official Game
It has not been explained why these games are no longer available, but it is likely due to a change or expiry date in licensing agreements. Similarly, Capcom recently announced Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, as well as all the character and costume DLC for both games will no longer be available to purchase from online platforms.
In September 2009 Disney confirmed a $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. At the time it said future Spider-Man, Iron Man and other comic games could be developed in-house at Disney Interactive.
However, the company has showed a decreasing interest in internal game development since. Following the purchase of George Lucas's Star Wars empire, Disney shut down the video game development and publishing arm of LucasArts, effectively cancelling promising action game spin-off Star Wars 1313.
"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," it said in a statement.
"We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we're just looking at different models rather than internal production... They're evaluating everything. There's always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing."