Marvel Ultimate Alliance and its sequel have been removed from digital storefronts such as Steam and the PlayStation Store according to Eurogamer and confirmed by Mammoth Gamers.
Re-released back in 2016, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 were current-gen updates to beloved action-RPGs from 2006 and 2009, respectively. Unfortunately, the ports came with their own set of issues with Marvel Games’ boss, Bill Rosemann, commenting on the situation a few days after the initial relaunch.
While it’s currently not known why the two games were delisted, there is speculation that Activision, the game’s publisher, lost the license to the titles. This has happened before to licensed games from Activision. Deadpool, which was delisted twice, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, which was taken down a short year after launch, have suffered similar fates due to expiring licenses.
Marvel has partnerships with Sony – who is working with Insomniac on Marvel’s Spider-Man – and Square Enix for an unknown Avengers project. Marvel’s Spider-Man is set to release on September 7 exclusively for the PlayStation 4. These partnerships could be a reason for the license issues.
If you have purchased either title, you can still play them, but those that missed out will have to find another way to play those game if they so choose.
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