Telltale games will be removed from digital platforms after this weekend due to the studio’s closure.
Yesterday, we reported that Tales from the Borderlands had been removed from Steam due to the expiration of the Borderlands license. After the studio’s closure back in September of last year, it placed a ticking time limit on all of Telltale’s titles as all of their games use licensed IPs which almost universally come with a time limit.
With no studio left to renew those licenses, the games cannot be legally sold.
GOG is the latest digital platform to also remove Tales from the Borderlands, but they were kind enough to at least announce when that would be performed. According to a post on the GOG forums yesterday, all of Telltale’s games will be removed from the platform at 10 AM on Monday, May 27th. This includes the Wolf Among Us, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Hector: Badge of Carnage, the Batman series, Sam & Max series, Puzzle Agent series, Tales from the Borderlands, and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People.
As with Steam, games that were previously purchased will continue to remain available in personal libraries for use at a later date.
However, there is hope. 2K Games told Eurogamer that they are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back onto Steam under a new licensing deal. "We are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back up on digital storefronts as soon as possible," a 2K spokesperson said. "All prior digital purchases of the game will of course still be honored and supported."
Tales from the Borderlands is an important game in the Borderlands franchise simply because of the vast quantity of lore that the gave divulges. On top of that, Tales also introduces several characters that will appear in the upcoming Borderlands 3.
We suspect that other publishers will also do what they can to ensure that former Telltale games are placed back up for sale on digital storefronts, but there’s no telling how long that might take. Telltale fans had better buy up whatever titles they don’t already own before they’re gone.