Digital games do not suffer the same fate as physical. They don’t get scratched up into an unplayable mess because someone didn’t put the disc back in its case. They also cannot be swiped and sold. Not without someone taking the entire console or PC they’re downloaded to. As long as the hardware is kept in good shape, digital games can last forever, right?
Not unless the developer or publisher loses distribution rights to it anyway. Physical games are at least still to be found on the second-hand market. But not all entries on this list were lucky enough to be printed on the record as well. These are just a few PS4 games which was delisted from the PS Store in 2022.
10/10 Jumping power
Here’s a big one. Bandai-Namco and Spike Chunsoft’s fighter was meant to be the next step from J-Star’s Victory VS. It was bigger, flashier, and featured more classic characters from the long-running manga. But the game was critically panned, and it didn’t catch on as well as either company hoped.
The game still has a page on the PS Store, but it has no purchase links or DLC. However, browsers can add it to their wish list. The game was removed from sale in February, and in-game purchases and online services were shut down in August.
9/10 F1 2015-2019
Reason Jumping power was removed as soon, apart from the reception, was probably due to licensing. The characters are all from Shonen Jump, but they are licensed to their creators. There are many individuals to negotiate with. The same goes for all four of these Formula 1 racing sims.
Electronic Arts bought their developer, Codemasters, back in 2021 and were apparently unable or unwilling to come to an agreement with F1’s governing body the FIA. Thus, all four of these older games were removed from the PS Store and Xbox Store in March, then from Steam in April.
8/10 Troll and me
This less-than-stellar game about a hairy monster and his boy battling through the Scandinavian wilderness was allegedly rushed so it could be released on the then-new Nintendo Switch in 2017. Not that it would have helped when it ended up on PS4, Xbox One and Steam too.
Five years later, the game ran its course. Publisher Maximum Games and developer Spiral House ended their publishing terms with each other, which led to the game being removed from all of its digital storefronts in April. There are still physical versions out there in case someone wants to prank their friends with this game instead God of War: Ragnarok.
7/10 Fast & Furious Crossroads
Slightly Mad Studios was aptly named, as their game left critics and fans alike feeling a bit upset. Released for PS4, Xbox One and PC, the game was supposed to be a furious racing game based on the crazy car and crime film series.
Most of the film’s cast returned for it, but the gameplay wasn’t enough to keep players hooked. Publishers Bandai-Namco and Slightly Mad Studios lost the Universal license and were probably in no rush to get it back. So the game was removed from all digital storefronts in April.
6/10 America’s Army: Proving Grounds
Published and developed by the US Army, this game was intended to be their official gamification of what combat in their recon units is like. After all, war as a video game – what better way to raise the ultimate soldier? Not that it was that effective as a recruiting tool.
The game was delisted in May after declining popularity and user numbers, although it is still available in some capacity on Steam thanks to private servers. Although it’s on PS4, Steam and elsewhere, FPS fans can probably find better options than this one.
5/10 Forgot Anne
That’s not a typo, that’s exactly how the game spelled it. ThroughLine Games’ adventure platformers saw the leader, Anne, and her master Bonku stuck in the Forgotten Lands, a realm where missing objects come to life and roam. The game saw Anne helping put down a rebellion in the kingdom to find a way home.
Unfortunately, Forgot AnnePublishing rights also went to the IP owner, which led to Square Enix Collective removing it from the PS Store in May. The only digital versions left for sale are all on the Japanese versions of Steam, GOG.com and console stores.
4/10 Gargantua’s Sword
Gargantua’s Sword was a VR slice ’em up from Thirdverse where players could explore the Tesseract Abyss in search of the giant Gargantua. They could use a wide variety of weapons to hack their way towards the deepest floor of the Abyss either on their own or with 3 other players. They can still do that too, on PC. The PS4 version was delisted in June, then shut down for good in September.
Every aspect of the game required an online connection, so the PS4 version is now completely unplayable. Why was it closed? Nobody really knows. The best guess is either that, as Thirdverse’s only console game, it was easy to cut ties with, or that the hardware wouldn’t support their future plans for the game.
KRAFTON’s RPG saw players form their own “corps” as they explored the Pillars of Despair. They had to guess their next moves wisely as they could make the difference between life and death. It received a fair reception at best, though its reliance on random mechanics made it pale next to similar games like Darkest dungeon. But hey, it had Guilty Gear DLC via publishers ArcSystem Works!
That may be why the game was removed from all storefronts in July. Their license with ArcSystem Works ran out, leaving the game in limbo. KRAFTON also shut down their MMO game TERA, so some suspect the company is winding down operations. Anyway, the only way to play the game now is to track down the Asian physical releases.
As Gargantua’s Sword, Spark was a VR game. Only it was for sport instead of swords. The players threw the ball and hit it at the opponent in a combination of tennis and the frisbee game Throne.
After 5 years in use, CCP removed the game from sale in July, then shut down the service on August 5. As Gargantua, the game was rendered unplayable without the servers. Unlike Gargantua, this also applied to the PC versions. It is said that CCP shut it down because they wanted to focus time and resources on the next one EVE game.
1/10 EVE: Valkyrie, EVE: Valkyrie- Warzone and Gunjack
The same reason applied to their closure of these earlier EVE games in the same month. Ranging from console shooters to VR shooters, these games had been available on the PS Store for PS4 since 2016 at the earliest. War zone was in itself a substitute for the independent EVE: Valkyrie release.
Now all 3 must be replaced with the next one EVE game. It is common practice, as older things give way to their successors. Yet, in the past, the older games still remained playable somehow. Some have been re-released over and over again. But others, whether good, bad or average at best, will fade into the ether. It’s something that digital storefronts make as easy as the game’s release.
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