Someone big at Activision made a New Year's Resolution on wiping their library of badly made licensed video games and kept to it. That, or the contracts for these games went up at the start of the new year.
The purge began yesterday with Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 on all digital formats (Steam, PSN, and X-Box One libraries). Today, that purge continued with both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games the company made with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (not based on last year's movie, instead released near when the first Michael Bay-abomination movie came out. The game was a blender of designs from various eras of TMNT) and last year's clunker Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan.
That particular game is a sore subject with me and still sorely pisses me off to no end. Why? Because: A.) It was a story that used the IDW designs and and B.) it's a TMNT game. I'd buy this in a heartbeat if it had local cop-op. SURPRISE! It had no local co-op option at all, just online co-op. The move just goes to show whomever signed off on that is an idiot of the stupidest caliber, since fans of the franchise expect the damn option when it was introduced in freaking TMNT: Arcade:
HOW DO YOU SCREW THIS SIMPLE FACT UP?! HOW?! Eh, it doesn't matter anymore. The game didn't get my money and it appears it never will. Another game also purged was Fast & Furious: Showdown (yes based on that film franchise. Hell I didn't even know this existed). Again, though it isn't confirmed this does feel like a licensing issue than some head of the company thinking, "FUCK WE MADE SOME BAD GAMES! PULL THEM ALL!!"
Now, this isn't the first time Activision did a purge of licensed games. A few years back they removed Deadpool and a slew of X-Men games. The former returned some time later, but other ones did not.
Again, no word was given on why (though they did back then stating it was due to licensing issues). If more games get pulled in the coming days we'll let you know.