The digital version of the strategic board game Pandemic has been delisted from Steam and removed from mobile storefronts.
Developed by Asmodee Digital, and based on the board game originally made by Z-Man Games, Pandemic was quietly removed from Steam on January 6. And now, as spotted by PC Gamer, the mobile version has disappeared too. But Asmodee Games haven’t provided a proper explanation as to why this is happening. One player managed to get in contact with the developer via email.
“First of all, we want to thank you and all the Pandemic players for your loyalty and support over time,” read the email. “Unfortunately, we are taking the Pandemic app off the stores. We have worked hard over 4 years on Pandemic and withdrawing it from the stores has not been an easy choice. This decision was made with a heavy heart for a multitude of reasons that we cannot disclose.”
no longer for sale
The email goes on to say that the Microsoft version of the game is being delisted January 31. And the Nintendo Switch version will be removed from the eShop by July 2022. It also noted that “as long as it has been purchased and downloaded prior to removal from the store, then you will continue to have access to the game. If you do uninstall the game, you will need to access your library to locate and install the game again.”
Unfortunately, situations like these are out of the players hands. It could very easily be a licensing issue between Asmodee Digital and Z-Man Games that has led to this. But do make sure to get the game downloaded just in case.
This isn’t the only funny behaviour from disease-themed mobile games this month. Last week, Android users received a UK government coronavirus email which contained a QR code that opened the game Plague Inc on their phones.
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