Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode is being completely delisted from sale this month, developer Mojang has announced.
Following the collapse of Telltale Games, many of its titles, including their staple series, The Walking Dead, suffered some loss (though Skybound brought it back and completed the final series). This left many wondering what would be happening with Telltale’s other titles?
According to Mojang, developer of Minecraft, announced the news “on behalf of the publisher,” that Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode will be delisted on June 25. This means that it’ll be completely removed from sale and, unless you have a copy already installed, cannot be downloaded after this date.
This is, of course, bad news for anyone who purchased the game and may have deleted it to make room for other titles, as well as those who have just yet to download the game after purchasing (y’know, the old Steam Sale tactic).
This does, however, raise a bigger issue and that’s the rise in digital and ownership of digital games. If a title such as this can just be completely removed from storefronts and not even available after the fact for those who purchased the game, does that mean that, unless we have every game ever purchased installed (which would be a bit much) does that mean we never really “own” the game?
It’s disappointing, for sure, and a scary look the digital market as a whole.