Most recent Marvel games have been removed from digital distribution channels such as Steam, PSN, and XBOX Live due to Activision’s Marvel license not being renewed. When giant companies decide to pull this crap the only people who really suffer are the players who can’t buy the game they want to play.
The expiration of a licensing agreement between Activision and Disney-owned Marvel is one possible explanation. Upon acquiring the comic book giant for $4 billion, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted his company was considering moving towards self-produced and published games in the coming years.
“As these licensing deals expire we have the luxury of considering what is best for the company and the products,” Iger said during a 2009 investors’ call (via MCV).
When Disney closed LucasArts last year, it then turned to EA with a multi-year exclusive agreement to license out Star Wars games.