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Activision 007 games pulled from digital stores

Activision 007 games pulled from digital stores

Fri 04 Jan 2013 7:31pm GMT / 2:31pm EST / 11:31am PST
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Recently released 007 Legends among those titles no longer downloadable

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Downloadable versions of Activision's James Bond games have disappeared from a variety of online storefronts. As spotted by NeoGamr, the publisher's offerings featuring the cinematic super spy have been dropped from Steam.

The missing Steam titles include 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2010's James Bond 007: Blood Stone, and last November's 007 Legends. Valve's online marketplace isn't the only place the games have become suddenly unavailable; Activision's own downloadable storefront has a James Bond section and featured promotion for Blood Stone, but clicking on those only returns errors and empty pages. Amazon also lists a PC download of 007 Legends, but says the game is currently unavailable, and the retailer doesn't know if it will be able to offer it again.

While the games have grown scarce online, they haven't been erased from digital stores completely. As of press time, Microsoft was still offering downloadable copies of Blood Stone for $50 through its own online storefront.

Activision has held the James Bond license since 2006, when it paid a reported $70 million to make games based on the brand. That deal was originally expected to have the publisher making 007 games through 2014.

If Activision's tenure as maker of Bond games has come to an early end, it wouldn't be the first time for the license. Electronic Arts previously held the gaming rights for the spy series in an arrangement that had been intended to last through 2009. When Activision took over the brand in 2006, EA merely said it had decided to end its deal, as Bond games no longer fit with the company's plans going forward.

An Activision representative had not provided comment as of press time.

5 Comments

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Hmmm. I'm not down with games disappearing like endangered species or political prisoners no matter what the licensing agreements say. It's a bit annoying and frightening for me as a game history nut to see this happening, but I guess that's another good reason to have a physical copy of as many games as possible. Of course, some wag will say neither of those three games were any good, but I enjoyed two out of three of those titles.

And wait, Microsoft is still charging $50 for Blood Stone? Eek... I guess they're entitled to, but I'd say no thanks on that non-deal...

Posted:A year ago

#1

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

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I hope someone else does get the license. Then hopefully the new license holder will allow Microsoft to release Rare's remake 10th anniversary game of the N64 version of Goldeneye the way they should have several years ago before Activision caved into Nintendo's request to not allow it.

Posted:A year ago

#2
An apposite observation Greg. A historian or archivist will be hard pressed to find any real copies of a game the way things are going. With Nintendo and Microsoft locking one machine only play rules for their next gen consoles - licensing agreements removing digital copies of content after a period of time, and Nintendo limiting Cloud time for purchased content - games may only exist in memory on Youtube!

Like photography - there are more hard-copies of photographs taken during the 1930's than in modern time (mobile phones, and digital camera images never transcribed to paper). Likewise there may be more hard-copy examples of playable games from the 1990s than from 2014 - if things continue (DLC, apps, etc.,)!

Posted:A year ago

#3

Craig Burkey
Software Engineer

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Can people that buy the Disc version of 007 Legends still get the last level?

Posted:A year ago

#4

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

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007 Legends is a Steamworks title - buy the serial, register it to Steam. So, whilst it may have disappeared from the Steam store itself, it's still entirely possible to buy the retail and play it through Steam, since it's still on their servers. Even Zavvi have the retail still in stock, and they're pretty bad when it comes to PC games.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 7th January 2013 10:18am

Posted:A year ago

#5

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