Monday, 15 April 2013

OnLive Removed Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row 2 and Metro 2033 from the Marketplace and PlayPack

On behalf of publisher Deep Silver, OnLive had to remove Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row 2 and Metro 2033 from the Marketplace and PlayPack. They also had to remove the Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package and Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package Upgrade from the Marketplace. As with any game removed from the OnLive marketplace to date, people who purchased Saints Row: The Third and/or Metro 2033 as a PlayPass are still able to play them from their My Games tab, and as Saints Row 2 was a PlayPack only game it's gone for good. Unfortunately it's not possible to buy add-ons for a game that has been pulled from the OnLive service and that you still own, and Since Saints Row: The Third was the game with the most DLC content on OnLive this is quite a misfortune for those who own it.

After the removal of Metro 2033 and Saints Row 2, the OnLive PlayPack is now at 243 games in the US, 242 games in the UK and 242 games in Belgium, and counting. Saints Row: The Third was not in the PlayPack and was a PlayPass only title.

Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row 2 and Metro 2033 were all former THQ games, and THQ was the strongest supporter of OnLive. But THQ recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and auctioned off most of their assets like games studios and game IPs, and is currently in liquidation. One of the purchasers of said assets was Koch Media, which publishes games under the Deep Silver label, and they acquired Volition, the creator and developer of the Saints Row series, and they also acquired the Metro franchise.

One of the highest caliber games that was removed from OnLive to date is Dead Island, a property of Deep Silver. It was supposedly removed along other games because of a GameSpy issue on October 2nd of last year. The other games resurfaced the next day as the GameSpy issue was fixed, but we still don't know what happened with Dead Island. The only response from OnLive was a brief comment on their Facebook page, "We are aware of the Dead Island issue and are working on fixing it." Looks like there was nothing to fix, not only that, Deep Silver now also took their newly acquired THQ games from OnLive and I wouldn't count on them releasing the upcoming Saints Row IV and Metro: Last Light games on OnLive.

Removals of other former THQ games that are on OnLive could follow, though the new owners of those properties might not be so negatively inclined towards OnLive as Deep Silver is. Former THQ games that are still on OnLive are titles like Darksiders and Darksiders II, Homefront, the Warhammer games, the Red Faction games, Frontlines: Fuel of War, MX vs. ATV Reflex and Titan Quest: Gold Edition.

OnLive also had to remove other high profile games following their ABC bankruptcy and the start of their reorganization. They lost support of Warner Bros. which took away the Batman games, the LEGO games and the F.E.A.R. games among others. There was also the removal of 4 Konami games in the US, the removal of 3 of these Konami games that were still on OnLive in the UK and Belgium, and the removal of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 from the OnLive Marketplace. The removal of GREED - Black Border from the PlayPack was also part of this large wave of OnLive game losses.

Let's hope that in the future OnLive will make more news with game releases. Some signs are certainly bewitchingly pointing that way.

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