As digital gaming stores start to show their age, a newfound tradition for the beginning of each new year has been determining which games have had their licenses expire and, as a result, are no longer available to purchase. The latest culprit? Activision’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
The video game versions of the 2012 and 2014 films, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 are now, with one strange exception, no longer available for purchase on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, or the Wii U e-Shop, despite the games originally releasing on each of those platforms. Gamers looking to get their web-slinging fix on current-gen consoles will now have to track down a physical copy, or wait for Insomniac’s upcoming PS4-exclusive take on the friendly neighborhood superhero.
The Amazing Spider-Man originally released on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U, with digital copies still being available on the Steam store. Its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, released on those four platforms as well as PS4 and Xbox One, with the only digital versions remaining also being on the Steam Store and, oddly enough, as an Xbox 360 purchase on the Xbox Store, although the game is not currently backwards compatible on Xbox One. For more on both of these titles, check out Hardcore Gamer’s reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which both receive ample praise for being better than the average movie-based video game.
Update: A few hours after the posting of this article, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 were both removed from Steam, and the Xbox 360 version of 2 was removed from the Xbox Store, eliminating the final digital versions of both of those games.