Several games pulled from Xbox One store

Microsoft has pulled a number of titles from the digital shelves

Microsoft has decided to pull a number of popular titles from the digital shelves of the Microsoft Store. The titles will most likely be replaced with newer games, but Xbox One fans of games like Tetris Ultimate, Ghostbusters and #WarGames will no longer see the options available. If the games have already been downloaded to an Xbox One or have already been purchased, however, they should still work.

In addition, several other titles for Xbox 360 have been removed. These include Le Tour de France 2009for Xbox Live Arcade and Le Tour de France 2011, 2012 and 2013 for Xbox 360 Games on Demand. Additionally, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, which was only made available to Xbox 360 Games on Demand gamers in the European Union, has been pulled, but will be available in disk form. Disk versions of the Le Tour de France games for Xbox 360, as well as Ghostbusters for Xbox One, are still available.

Most of the titles are being removed due to the expiration of licensing agreements. Earlier this year, several games of the Lord of the Rings series were also removed due to license expirations. This is a common occurrence as games shift to digital content – if licensing agreements aren’t renewed, the game are forced to be removed.

On a brighter note, some new titles are now available on the Microsoft Store. Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath became available this month and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is now available digitally after being added to Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility program four months ago.

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