More Games are Delisted from Xbox LIVE Marketplace

More Games are Delisted from Xbox LIVE Marketplace

A good old-fashioned mystery

Written by punkyliar on 17 November 12 at 20:31

A while has passed since we've had to report on any Xbox LIVE Arcade games being removed from the marketplace; however, the past few weeks have seen a handful of games being removed without any prior warning. As a result, we've decided to bring you up to speed with the latest developments.

At the end of October, SEGA Rally Online Arcade. No reason has ever been given for the removal of the game, but speculation blames licence expiration with vehicle manufacturers, similar to the situation that caused OutRun Online Arcade to disappear in December 2011. A second victim, Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, was delisted this month and is also believed to have been pulled due to an expired licence.

Inferno Pool was developed by Dark Energy Digital, who went into administration back in March. Although it hasn't been confirmed, we assume that it is for that reason that the game was delisted from the marketplace at the start of November. Hydrophobia, the other XBLA game developed by that company remains on the marketplace, but I wouldn't wait too long to pick it up. Members of Dark Energy Digital went on to found Cherry Pop Games, who developed and released Pool Nation three weeks ago -- there's always that title to solve your pool-playing urges.

There are also games that are delisted for no apparent reason. Both Roogoo and Screwjumper! were delisted over the last three weeks, but the reasons have not been revealed. All five of the above delistings appear to be permanent.

The final victim was completely unexpected and, hopefully, the delisting is just temporary. Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise was only released on September 5th but was removed from the marketplace two days ago. Developer Qoocsoft are currently working with Microsoft and publisher 7Sixty to try and bring the game back. We'll bring you more information as we find it!
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:39
I've owned hydrophobia for months and haven't played a second of it yet. Just too many games in my collection
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:46
As this is bad news to some, I find most of the Marketplace games are overly-priced! I will just stick to the Freebies and the Weekly Deals!
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:48
This is one of my biggest worries about gaming going download only in the future. At least if this happens to a retail title you can always find a second hand copy.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:54
Inferno Pool was only released for the North American market. (Much to my annoyance)
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:54
Is anyone REALLY that upset that Kung-Fu Strike was delisted?
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:58
Would be great if we found out BEFORE they got removed roll
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:58
That's really unfortunate. I hope some of those games make their way back to the marketplace.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:58
Hydrophobia is underrated. It's cheap now, so you should pick it up.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 20:59
GrahamOfTheDead said:This is one of my biggest worries about gaming going download only in the future. At least if this happens to a retail title you can always find a second hand copy.Sacred 2 being the first game that comes to mind.
Posted on 17 November 12 at 21:13
Hydrophobia's published by Ms directly. It's unlikely they'd pull their own game if they own publishing rights.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 21:13
This is terrible, glad I own Hydrophobia and don't have interest in the others.
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Why do people get so pissed when a server goes down. But when an entire game is removed no shits are given... WTF!?!?!!?
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Wait I have Hydrophobia bought but had to delete. Will I still be able to redownload it through my History?
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 21:34
SilentHunter382 said:Wait I have Hydrophobia bought but had to delete. Will I still be able to redownload it through my History?From the article:

Hydrophobia, the other XBLA game developed by that company remains on the marketplace, but I wouldn't wait too long to pick it up.
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SilentHunter382 said:Wait I have Hydrophobia bought but had to delete. Will I still be able to redownload it through my History?It's still available, but yes even if an item gets delisted you can still download it through your history.
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ScottMacFreedom said:Why do people get so pissed when a server goes down. But when an entire game is removed no shits are given... WTF!?!?!!?Servers going down permanently leave unobtainable achievements in a game. Games being removed from marketplace do not.

SilentHunter382 said:Wait I have Hydrophobia bought but had to delete. Will I still be able to redownload it through my History?Yes.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 21:40
DrownedLTspeirs said:I've owned hydrophobia for months and haven't played a second of it yet. Just too many games in my collectionSame here, I got it when it was on sale for 200 MSP.
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Posted on 17 November 12 at 21:58
And nothing of value was lost.

Still you'd think that before the game gets delisted they'd give it a massive price drop as a last gasp money grab.