It seems that Disney’s purchase of Marvel has finally caught up with the world of video games. Similar to the recent delisting of the Marvel vs. Capcom games, Activision’s entire Marvel based lineup has disappeared from Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN today. This includes Deadpool, which had only been released this past August and had its price slashed as recently as four days ago as part of the ongoing Steam sales. Other games affected include X-Men: The Official Game, X-Men: Destiny, X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games. Activision’s movie tie-in games (The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3), as well as Lego Marvel Super Heroes appear to be unaffected at this time.
As previously reported, we here at Geekenstein were pumped to play through Deadpool’s gaming adventure, and I personally thought it was a great follow up to Activision’s other superhero titles. These games weren’t given the time of day by many because of their licensed nature, but I’ve always been a fan of the Marvel gaming canon. Origins Wolverine was legitimately a great character action game, Ultimate Alliance was a dense action RPG in a time without Diablo and Torchlight, and Web of Shadows is one of the best Spider-Man stories told in the last decade. Now, all these games will be destined to be “rarities”, overpriced at game shops and played by few gamers who weren’t around when they were released. Capcom gets a lot of slack, but good on them for at least giving some warning when their Marvel games were going to disappear. Activision just hopes that the ringing in of 2014 will drown out the deletion of gaming history.