‘Deadpool,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ Games Disappear Forever

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Well it looks like Activision has accomplished a task that hundreds have attempted before: they have killed Deadpool. The first sign that the ‘Merc with a Mouth’s days were numbered came when his recent game disappeared from a number of digital download services without explanation.

Having published an endless number of Marvel superhero games over the years, Activision has confirmed that Wade Wilson will at least have some company. Over half a dozen Spider-Man and X-Men games will no longer be available through digital services.

That prospect may not sound truly tragic at first – after all, Activision is famous for publishing Marvel superhero games that are “good, not great” at the very best of times – but not all of the games set to be restricted to retail shelves (while supplies last) are to be scoffed at.

For its part, the recent Deadpool action title from High Moon Studios did the character justice better than expected, but it’s certainly not alone as one of Activision’s Marvel titles that hold a special place in gamers’ hearts.

Xmen Origins Wolverine Game Disappears

The underwhelming sales of Deadpool made its disappearance from Steam, Xbox Live and PSN slightly less than shocking when reports first appeared on NeoGAF (although the game’s presence in the Steam Holiday Sale now seems odd…), but Game Informer has received word from Activision that Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men: The Official Game, X-Men Destiny, and even the legendary X-Men Origins: Wolverine have all been pulled in digital form.

PC players can still purchase Steam codes through Amazon or Gamefly, but boxed retail copies are now the only way for players to experience those of the cancelled games that haven’t been completely panned (with the latter Wolverine title one of the greatest exceptions to the rule of terrible move tie-ins).

It’s assumed that an expiring license is to blame for the sudden removal, but whether any games will fill their vacancy in the coming years remains to be seen.

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With Marvel’s vast roster of heroes and villains set to be storming the box office with no fewer than three shared universes from a number of studios, it seems an odd time for Activision to be cutting ties. For now, fans of these heroes will have to content themselves with their comic book incarnations alone.

Would you like to see Marvel’s heroes take a bit of a break after years of underwhelming releases? Perhaps a chance to see new developers take a crack at the properties? Share your own hopes or concerns in the comments.

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Source: NeoGAF, Game Informer

TAGS: Activision, Deadpool, Spider-Man, X-Men

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  1. Score 2 for why an all digital future is not one I will be participating in.

    • Right, because boxed retail games have never stopped production and had a limited supply that was not replaced.

      For what it’s worth the games were removed going forward only from those digital stores. Those who already own the games in digital format still get it to keep them and they are still in those people’s accounts. They aren’t yanking from anyone’s accounts if you already own it.

      • I’m still picking up NES games that have been out of production for almost 30 years. That’s the benefit of physical copies, they don’t go away if Nintendo decides to pull the plug on them. Note I said an ALL digital future. I have no problem with a digital market as long as there is a physical alternative. If we were living in the digital only age that many are trying to push, then all of those games would be effectively killed for whatever reason Activision has decided to pull them. Hell, the Deadpool game hasn’t even been out for a year and it’s already axed… not a good way to promote the wonderful future of game distribution if you ask me.

      • Yeah, but that can just as easily happen, as well. This has been hugely debated before about who ‘truly’ owns your digital games, and it’s obvious that the company providing them does. Steam could easily shut down and leave you X amount of cash short from all those games you can’t play anymore. At least with physical copies, there’s no argument. YOU own your games.

        • How could you take away digital copies of a game? I don’t use steam so idk about that, but I dont see how games downloaded onto a hard drive could be removed.

          • Extremely easy.
            You only get downloader with that “physical” copy.(has happened already)
            ..and then you’re forced to log into some netservice, or no play.
            …or you get a crack. Making it an illegal copy, not yours.

  2. Got a feeling Disney’s about to complete the Matvel takeover!

  3. So is disney going to pull the same BS as they do with disney movies where they pull them for a number of years then bring them back to drive up demand.
    I doubt that works in gaming

  4. does anyone care ?

    i’m kinda glad the license has expired b/c all activision did was ruin all the marvel franchises (slowly that is) by making sequel after sequel to what where originally good games -.-

    just stick to cod and those trashy toy games activision, you’re time is coming up shortly ;)

  5. I honestly don’t give a flying hoot about the digital copies. I personally loved X-Men Origins: Wolverine & I really wanted to play Deadpool, BUT I’m an old-fashioned gamer who enjoys having a physical copy of every game I own. So, when it said that it’s POSSIBLE that the retail stores would take them off the shelves I immediately (like 2 seconds ago) bought both those games that I mentioned. (Uncaged Edition for XMOWolverine baby!) But as for the digital copies, I could care less. Just don’t take my freakin physical copies ya damn dirty Activision apes!

  6. I wonder if WB Games will grab all Marvel licenses…..Didn’t they publish that Lego one?

  7. Does this also apply to the new Marvel Lego game?

    I don’t care about digital media. I’ve wanted to get the Deadpool and Wolverine games for a while, been holding off to try and save money, but to be safe I’ll prob try to get them soon. The price of the wolverine uncaged did go up about $10 on amazon…

    • The Lego one is WB

  8. They probably only pulled them because licensing went up. Which in turn means Disney/Marvel has to redistribute under their own license or find others. Then they will be put back out with a new box/digital sig/

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