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Spec Ops: The Line Eliminated From Steam Due To Expiring Licenses


Earlier at this time, gamers observed that Spec Ops: The Line was now not out there to buy on Steam, main many to worry that the acclaimed third-person shooter had been quietly delisted with out warning. Sadly, 2K has since confirmed that’s the case, and the writer has additionally defined why it pulled the landmark shooter.

Developed by Yager and launched again in 2012, Spec Ops: The Line was a reboot of the lesser-known Spec Ops franchise. Like these previous video games, The Line was a third-person navy shooter. Nonetheless, the 2012 reboot garnered essential acclaim at launch due to its narrative which depicted a solider within the deserts of Dubai slowly shedding his grip on actuality, providing a meta-critical tackle the best way some navy shooters glorify the horrors of warfare. Whereas it didn’t promote as many copies as 2K would have preferred, the sport has gone on to change into a cult favourite amongst shooter followers. And now, it’s now not on Steam.

On January 29, people started to note that Spec Ops: The Line had been faraway from Steam and different storefronts, like Fanatical. Folks puzzled if 2K had delisted the sport, probably as a result of expiring licensing rights on some music featured in it. And that appears to be the case, in response to a 2K spokesperson.

“Spec Ops: The Line will now not be out there on on-line storefronts, as a number of partnership licenses associated to the sport are expiring,” defined 2K in a press release despatched over to Kotaku. No particular licenses had been named, however among the many noteworthy music tracks included within the sport are Jimi Hendrix’s efficiency of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Rooster” by Alice in Chains. 

The writer assured gamers that homeowners of the sport will nonetheless be capable to obtain and replay Spec Ops: The Line “uninterrupted” however it would now not be straightforward to purchase a digital copy transferring ahead. At the moment, the game is still for sale on GoG, however the above assertion appears to point that may change quickly.

“2K want to thank our neighborhood of gamers who’ve supported the sport, and we sit up for bringing you extra choices from our label all through this yr and past,” stated 2K in its assertion.

Whereas there had been talks of a sequel for years, it appears 2K isn’t even prepared to tease that and as an alternative is simply letting Spec Ops: The Line fade away like a mirage within the desert. It’s only one extra sport—on an ever-growing listing—that can be more durable to play because the years go by.