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Spec Ops: The Line from YAGER / 2K has been unexpectedly removed from Steam, as the store page is now delisted so it won't show up in searches and it can no longer be purchased.

It's not clear why it has been done, and no announcement has been made on it anywhere that I can see officially. So we're left to speculate for now. When this usually happens it's often some rights that expired that they don't wish to relicense or update the game to remove it like music, which Spec Ops: The Line had a fair few big names in so that's quite likely. Update 31/01/24: as I suspected, it's some licenses not getting renewed as per the statement sent to Kotaku notes - "Spec Ops: The Line will no longer be available on online storefronts, as several partnership licenses related to the game are expiring".

While the gameplay wasn't exactly all that special, but what many praised it for was the narrative as the developer tried to make it more meaningful than a lot of other shooters. For many it left a lasting impression so it's a shame if it will eventually be removed from other stores too.

For now at least you can still buy it from:

GOG (80% off until February 6th) - now delisted as of 31/01/24, 16:30 UTC

Humble Store (keys will likely run out) - Humble have now removed their offer as of 01/02/24.

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DrNick Jan 30
Usually when they unrelease your game, it's because they used licensed music and their license expired. Perhaps they'll update it with royalty-free or in-house music and put it back on sale, like what Crazy Taxi did. I hope so anyway. It was a great game.
damarrin Jan 30
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I just hope when they do that I can keep my original version with the music. I'm still to play it, I'm ashamed to say.
I was seconds away from buying this game on GOG before I realized I already own it on Steam. I also own it on Xbox through Games With Gold, which means I probably can't play it on Xbox since I no longer have a Gold subscription...

I have no idea when I acquired the game on Steam. It must have been through a Humble Choice or something...
Eri Jan 30
QuoteFor many it left a lasting impression
IMO one of the most overlooked games of its generation. Gameplay wise is just another cover shooter of the PS3/360 days, but it's masterfully written with morality and ethics of war right in the middle. The cherry on top is the soundtrack, a banger after another, and as you said, probably the reason of this delisting. It's sad seeing great games disappear.
artixbtw Jan 30
Quoting: pleasereadthemanualI have no idea when I acquired the game on Steam. It must have been through a Humble Choice or something...
It was once a freebie, actually. On Steam, no less.
hardpenguin Jan 30
It was one of the first high profile Linux native ports by Feral that I purchased. Such a shame.
Liam Dawe Jan 30
Quoting: hardpenguinIt was one of the first high profile Linux native ports by Feral that I purchased. Such a shame.
Was actually VP :P
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I remember playing this on my GT 710 years ago a little after the native port came out. Was one of the earlier AAA games I played thanks to the native build. It ran like absolute trash because of my system, but it was incredibly memorable. Gameplay wasn't anything super special, but I still found it pretty fun - but ziplining across the sand-covered Dubai always looked so pretty (even on my rig back then) and the story was so interesting. Also gave me nightmares, but that's besides the point.

Might spin it back up, I imagine my XTX will be able to work a little harder at it haha.
Seegras Jan 30
If you don't have it, buy it. It's good.
hardpenguin Jan 30
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: hardpenguinIt was one of the first high profile Linux native ports by Feral that I purchased. Such a shame.
Was actually VP :P
WHAT!!! How could I make such a mistake
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