Telltale Pulls Poker Night 2 Game From Digital Stores
A poker video game featuring cult classic characters from movies and television is dying the sad death of disinterest. Poker Night 2, a game that indulged the nerd fantasy of playing a game of poker against Ash from Evil Dead and Brock from Venture Bros. is being pulled from digital stores by publisher Telltale Games.
According to Telltale vice president of publishing Steve Allison, Poker Night and its sequel brought success to the company during a lull in its release schedule. It was a mashup of games and pop-culture references that were popular at the time.
The game was released alongside the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, making it an obvious choice for the crossover crowd of poker and zombie fandom. Other characters in Poker Night 2 include Claptrap from the video game Borderlands and GLaDOS as the dealer.
Poker Night 2 was released on Steam, the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and iOS in spring 2013. Characters from different franchises came together to generate sales for Telltale. Now, five years later, those characters are the source of the game's demise.
In a post on its website explaining why it is pulling the game from digital stores, Telltale simply states they have no plans to renew their digital distribution agreement. This is a subtle way of saying their license to use the characters in the game is about to expire and no one cares.
The game has already been delisted by several digital stores but was still available on the Xbox Marketplace at the time of this writing.