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Update: Activision has confirmed that Deadpool is gone for good. We've also learned that other titles have been removed from their respective digital delivery services.
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men: The Official Game, X-Men Destiny, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine have now been removed from storefronts. If you have a desire for any of these games, it's recommended that you secure a retail copy as soon as possible. It's likely that no additional copies will be entering retail channels.
High Moon Studios’ Deadpool might not have been the best game of 2013, but the Merc with a Mouth (voiced by Nolan North) seems to have taken the less than glowing scores personally. Activision’s Marvel-licensed title has disappeared from a number of digital delivery platforms.
The burrito-shaped hole was first noticed by NeoGAF user “Delusibeta.” We have confirmed that the title is absent from Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network. If you’re a PC gamer, you can still buy Steam codes via Amazon and Gamefly. Physical copies of the console versions are also still available.
We’re following up with Activision to see if Wade Wilson is gone for good or if he’s just pulling a classic Deadpool prank. We’ll update once we know more. If you want to embrace your inner psychopath now, you can get your Deadpool fix in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, LittleBigPlanet, and Marvel Heroes.
Our TakeDeadpool wouldn’t be the first license to expire at the end of the year. Yesterday, we reported that the classic Fallout games have been transferred to Bethesda (and in the process have been removed from GoG). Deadpool has been featured in the Steam Holiday Sale, which makes this a little surprising.
Marvel licenses have a tendency to make for time-limited offerings. Marvel Ultimate Alliance DLC is gone forever, and the digital versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 have been removed from Xbox Live and PSN.