The developer and publisher of the WWE 2K self-titled game deletes nearly all Steam releases with no explanation as to why this is happening.
The problem of video games being removed from the market after many years of operation is hardly new and surprising, but the latest series of bugs comes from 2K, the company that supports a lot of sports games from many fields. difference. Specifically, it looks like nearly all of the legacy WWE 2K titles are now gone from Steam.
2K Sports, worth pointing out, doesn’t appear to have announced the delisting of older WWE 2K titles. Brand fan and Reddit user Popstasia instead took notice of the event and took to social media to let everyone know what was going on. As of now, there are only two officially licensed WWE games left on Steam, and players who may want to purchase an older version of the franchise are unable to do so.
WWE fans who may have hoped to compare WWE 2K22 with previous installments in the franchise can no longer make this happen, Popstasia finds. At this point, 2K Sports seems to have only WWE 2K22 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds free to purchase after canceling any other previously available WWE 2K titles. Of course, players who previously owned the deleted parts still have access to them.
While it may seem odd that even newer versions of the series, such as WWE 2K21 and WWE 2K20, have been dropped, the situation is not without precedent in the industry. Earlier this year, Bandai Namco had Fast and Furious: Crossroads delisted after only a few months of widespread popularity. Instead, the unprecedented part came from the fact that 2K Sports gave no warning that this was going to happen, which also means that the company failed to explain why it was delisting the titles. game from the very beginning.
The reason, however, is not entirely inexplicable. It’s very possible that 2K Sports’ licensing contracts for the franchise’s previous games have expired, and there’s no incentive for the publisher to renew them in any way. With WWE 2K23 coming out in the near future, the company is more likely to focus on its more recent productions.
Neglecting video games in relation to licensing can lead to some pretty awkward situations for everyone involved. For example, no part of the widely acclaimed Forza Motorsport series will remain available for purchase in any way, shape or form after Forza Motorsport 7 is delisted in 2021. In the meantime, fans are forced to wait for the next installment in the series and something similar seems to be happening with WWE 2K as well.
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