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Embracer is ripping Deus Ex Go away from individuals who paid for the sport

Three weeks after shutting down the studio that produced it (which had by the way just finished going through an expensive rebrand), Embracer has determined not solely to take away their video games from cell app shops, it’s apparently taking the additional step of constructing them inaccessible even if you happen to’ve already downloaded them — or within the case of Deus Ex, even if you happen to’ve paid $5 or $6 to take action.

“Present gamers will be unable to entry the video games previous January 4th,” reads part of a tweet from the defunct Studio Onoma, which can also be seeing three free-to-play video games (Area Battle Champions, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and Area Invaders: Hidden Heroes) shut down. “We encourage prior in-game purchases for use earlier than January 4th, as they won’t be refunded.”

No refunds.
Screenshot by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Normally when a downloadable recreation is faraway from a digital market, you possibly can at the least obtain a duplicate first — in lots of instances, you possibly can even re-download bought video games indefinitely. (I can nonetheless get my Steam copies of Mass Impact 2 and Indigo Prophecy although they had been yanked from the Steam retailer a few years in the past.)

However apparently that received’t be the case right here. Like Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett says, it’s a video games preservation tragedy. It’s additionally ready-made ammunition for critics of digital purchases, and of Embracer Group itself, which is already below scrutiny from players each for getting up franchises and for taking a billion {dollars} from Saudi Arabia.

And it’s not clear why that is taking place with Deus Ex specifically. There shouldn’t be a rights challenge, proper? Embracer explicitly bought the rights to Deus Ex alongside the cell video games studio that developed the title. All we all know, by way of video games journalist Jason Schreier, is that Embracer apparently decided it wasn’t interested in mobile games anymore.

The Embracer Group didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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