September was unfortunately quite a lively month for delistings. While some were expected and we'd already received warning about them, others were very much a surprise. In total, there was five Xbox One games, two Xbox 360 Games on Demand, and a single XBLA title removed from the Microsoft Store. In more positive news, one Xbox One game, two Games on Demand and an XBLA title have returned to the marketplace.
The month began with the delisting of the premium version of The Culling as the developer prepares for the launch of a free-to-play version. The month ended with the expected removal of the Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 and all of its DLC. The Xbox 360 version (which had a different developer) remains on sale for now, although I wouldn't wait much longer to pick it up just to be on the safe side.
There was also the whole saga of Telltale Games' messy demise, with the completion of one game in the balance and their publishing label leaving several other developers in limbo. Before all this went down, we were warned in the middle of the month about the imminent removal of one of their XBLA titles, before their most recent The Walking Dead title was also delisted, although the latter is hopefully temporary. These weren't the only victims, though. You can see the full list of delistings below. All of the games marked with ** have disc copies that can still be purchased from retailers.
Xbox 360 Games on Demand
Xbox Live ArcadeWhile the Xbox One platform suffered quite a bit, the Xbox 360 fared a bit better. For every game that was delisted on that console, another was relisted. You can see a full list of the relisted titles below:
Xbox 360 Games on Demand
Xbox Live ArcadeOutside of Xbox, Minecraft (Apple TV) has been removed from the iTunes store. This is part of the process of withdrawing support for the game, which will no longer be updated. Mojang has stated they "need to reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most". Those who have already downloaded the game can continue to play it, and your existing marketplace purchases will still be available. Those who have purchased content within the last three months will receive a refund on those purchases. If you think you're due a refund, you can check the status of that here.
We'll be back in November with the next round of delists, if there are any. However, if we get advance warning of any future delists, we'll be sure to let you know before they happen. Just to remind you, Happy Dungeons is reaching the end of its life and will be withdrawn from the Microsoft Store on November 12th. If you want to play the game and/or any of its DLC before the servers close in June 2019, make sure to purchase that content before that date.
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