Capcom announced today that fans only have a few days to grab Ducktales: Remastered before it gets removed from digital storefronts for good.
The original Ducktales game for the Nintendo Entertainment System earns its reputation as one of the best games on the classic console. A few years ago, Capcom decided to build on that foundation for modern audiences and create a full remaster of the title for last generation consoles. The remaster got great reviews and fans hold it in high regard as a strong reimagining of the original game.
Now, fans only have one more chance to revisit Duckburg before the remaster disappears. The developer will remove the game from digital storefronts on August 8th. Anyone who does not own the game will have to hunt down a physical copy.
In honor of the delisting of Ducktales: Remastered, Capcom will offer a generous discount on the digital title, describing it as a farewell price. Right now, fans who don’t want to miss out can purchase the game on Steam for $3.75. The game is also available on PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360, and it works with Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program, so fans who only have modern consoles can still grab it before it’s gone.
Once Capcom delists Ducktales, folks who own it will have the ability to download an archived digital copy, and folks who have a physical edition will still be able to install the game on their systems. Those who do not own it will miss out on the opportunity forever.
Capcom did not speak to why it has decided to remove the game from digital storefronts, but this kind of thing happens from time to time, like when Telltale’s Minecraft got removed after the studio’s shutdown. The original game came out in August of 2013, and the timing suggests that most likely Capcom’s licensing with Disney expired, and the deal did not get renewed for one reason or another.
A lot of buzz has been made in recent years about game preservation. When games like this get removed due to expired deals, they sometimes never again resurface. Some famous examples included Platinum Games’ Transformers: Devastation and the much celebrated Scott Pilgrim VS The World which released alongside the 2011 film.
In other words, this may be gamers' final chance to hang out with Scrooge McDuck in the remaster. The more people who purchase the game, the better the chances it will return in the future. That peace of mind at least is worth $3.75.
Ducktales: Remastered will be available until August 8th on Playstation 3, Steam, Wii, Xbox 360, and Xbox One via backward compatibility.