Indie point-and-click adventure game developer Telltale went out of business last year, and as a result, their games have slowly disappeared from digital storefronts. Now Telltale Minecraft: story mode The series is set to go to the Nether on June 25.
The shutdown was announced on the official Minecraft website. the short message advises: “If you have purchased [Minecraft: Story Mode], please download all remaining episodes before service is discontinued in June. The statement implies that the games will be removed from the storefront entirely, as those who purchased the games will not be able to download them again.
Minecraft: story modeThe scheduled removal of illustrates a problem with the rise of the digital storefront: digital-only titles can now disappear without a trace. Preservation of traditional games has focused on saving console games from technical obsolescence, but because games transcend physical copies entirely, they are vulnerable to new ways of being lost, such as being removed from storefronts in order to that there are no legal channels to obtain copies of the game. Other Telltale series that have already disappeared include The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borders.
Minecraft: story mode was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.