Tour de France Delistings Reason Wasn't Licensing Expiry

By Rebecca Smith,
At the end of January, four Le Tour de France games were delisted from the Microsoft Store. Only the latest titles from 2014 onwards were left in the store, so many would naturally assume this would be because of an expiring license. It turns out that isn't the case, as publisher Bigben Interactive has revealed they've acquired the rights to the franchise from Focus Home Interactive.

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The rights have joined the publisher's portfolio alongside the games' developer CYANIDE, their most recent title being Call of Cthulhu. The developer's CEO Patrick Pligersdorffer was happy about the deal:

Tour de France and Pro Cycling Manager are long-established franchises from our studio and are eagerly anticipated by a growing number of fans every year. We are therefore delighted that we will benefit from Bigben's sports sim expertise in 2019.
While there weren't any upcoming titles mentioned, there has been a new Tour de France title every year since 2011. Bigben has promised more details on upcoming titles will be shared "in the coming months".
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.