At the start of November, we detailed the publishing woes
of which Skullgirls
was suffering. Developer Autumn Games had parted ways with the title's original publisher Konami, meaning that the game could not be patched and that there was a chance that the game would be delisted from the marketplace. That potential situation is now confirmed. At Konami's request, their version of Skullgirls
will be delisted from the marketplace on December 31st.
As Autumn Games cannot self-publish the title on XBLA, the developer has now teamed up with MarvelousAQL to have the game republished on the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, this means that a new build of the game will have to submitted to Microsoft that removes all references to Konami and will include all of the beta changes and the “Squigly” character DLC. The game's ownership does not actually transfer to Marvelous until December 31st, so Autumn is uncertain whether the new publisher will be able to submit the new build to Microsoft's QA before then. As a result, the game may disappear from the Games Store for a little while until the new build satisfies Microsoft's certification process.
When we hear more about this situation, we'll be sure to let you know.