In A Few Weeks, Minecraft: Story Mode Will Be Impossible To Download

In the aftermath of development studio Telltale’s closure, games like Tales From The Borderlands and Batman: The Telltale Series were delisted from major stores like Steam and GOG.

Now, that hissing green creeper has finally come for Minecraft: Story Mode. The story-based Minecraft spinoff is about to get delisted from stores. However, in this case, it sounds like even if you previously purchased the game, you won’t be able to redownload it once it’s been unceremoniously yanked from digital shelves.

An update on the official Minecraft website warns that the impending removal will take place on June 25.

“As you might have heard, its publisher is no longer in business, which unfortunately means that Minecraft: Story Mode will no longer be supported,” the post reads.

“If you have purchased these seasons, please download all remaining episodes prior to the service being discontinued in June.”

It reiterates that people who’ve previously purchased Story Mode on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, or iOS should absolutely, positively download the game before that date. In other words, unlike other delisted games, which often remain available for redownload to people who purchased them before delisting, Story Mode will likely be gone for good come June 25.

In an industry that already does a pretty miserable job of preserving its history, that’s an enormous bummer.


    Hmm. So does that mean people that purchased it get a refund. I wonder what the accc would say about this little addition to delisting it.

    What possible reason could there be for them to remove it for even people who have already bought it?
    What a fucking disappointment TellTale is.

    Stuff like this is a great reason to buy the GOG version whenever its available.

    One of the few positives to piracy is that the game will still live on in torrents.

    Notice: At the request of the publisher, Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series is no longer available for sale on Steam.

    And typing Minecraft on the site search only returns the movie.

    Maybe this has been expedited?

    Notice: At the request of the publisher, Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series is no longer available for sale on Steam.

    And typing Minecraft on the site search only returns the movie.

    Maybe this has been expedited?

    I think this is one of those copypasta internet things where an original press release is garbled through several news outlets without a lot of checking.

    GOG has already confirmed that the game will remain available from their site to people who have already purchased

    One presumes the same for Steam, as is normally the case.

    How this works on consoles would, I guess, depend on how the downloads there are handled and the TOS.

    Essentially, however, what actually appears to be happening is that services based on downloading the game direct from Telltale servers won't be able to do that anymore, Telltale no longer existing and all. Services that host their own files, however, should presumably be fine.

    I really enjoyed the various Telltale adventure games. I bought Minecraft Story Mode S1 & S2 for the kids, but ended up playing through them myself! I'm really disappointed by the fall of Telltale, and I was especially looking forward to The Wolf Among Us S2...

    Does... Microsoft/Mojang not hold any rights to the sale of the game? I sort of feel like if Telltale goes away the game rights should revert to Mojang or Microsoft (or whoever made the agreement with Telltale.) Seems odd that when Telltale started winding down Microsoft didn't leap to purchase the game so they could sell it themselves.

    This is how humanity erases itself, one day all the servers will shut down, and companies fold, and business will be forced to delete all data due to some stupid legal principle, and humanity is deleted...

    This kind of thing is actually happening in other sectors as well, with adobe making it illegal to use older copies of products... kinda the same thing.

    Adobe are not "making it illegal to use older copies of products". They made an idle threat that people using old versions might be subject to being sued by unnamed "third parties".

    This appears to be a reference to a dispute that Adobe are having with the owners of some legacy code licenses used in the now discontinued Adobe products. Essentially, the whole thing is a dummy spit with an unenforceable but legalistic and scary sounding throw-away tacked on.

    The odds of any third party license owners suing individual users of legacy Adobe products are effectively zero.

    All that's left here is that existing owners will no longer be able to download their purchases direct from Adobe, something not unknown to the industry as we’ve seen above, and in this case a problem that Adobe themselves provided a solution for last year by disabling online activation for certain legacy products and issuing existing owners valid product keys instead.

    Does anyone know what happens to the older telltale titles like monkey island?

    And what about the disc based copies? - they only contain the first episode but allow you to download the rest

      If the rest of the episodes need to be downloaded from Telltale’s severs they certainly won't be available, what with Telltale no longer being a thing that exists anymore.

    They say "Piracy is theft". To me, this is moreso.

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