‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘Aliens Vs. Predator 2010’, both SEGA published first person shooters that were met with poor critical reception, have been recently removed from Steam.
Both titles are no longer up for purchase on Valve’s digital PC game download client marketplace. Those who own the any of the titles or have activation keys can still play them, however, despite both ‘Aliens’ games being taken down, the newest franchise title ‘Alien: Isolation’ remains up on Steam.
The current speculation behind the removal of the two games is that the various licensing agreements between SEGA and 20th Century Fox for ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘Aliens Vs. Predator 2010’ have recently expired.
However, there could be more in the way of possible sales stipulations attached to SEGA’s deal with 20th Century Fox in order to continue publishing ‘Alien: Colonial Marines’ in general. Seeing as that title was met with much controversy for its quality, even culminating to the point where both developer of the title Gearbox and publisher SEGA were actually hit by a class-action lawsuit over alleged false advertising, it could very well be understandable why things ended up in the way they did
As of this writing, none of the real reasoning behind the removal of the two games or whether they will return for digital purchase is all too clear seeing as no official word has been released on the matter by either SEGA or 20th Century Fox. But what is clear is that both ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘Aliens Vs. Predator 2010’ are very much gone from Steam and SEGA’s website. Though apparently both titles can still be downloaded digitally on Amazon.
‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘Aliens Vs. Predator 2010’ were released in February 12, 2013 and February 16, 2010 respectively for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.