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Deus Ex Go, and Three Other Mobile Titles, to be Shut Down in January

Following the shutting down of its developer, Deus Ex Go, along with three other titles, is being permanently shut down on January 4. This means even those who already own these titles will be unable to play them. As a result, this is the last chance to play some truly hidden gems.

Deus Ex Go, and Three Other Mobile Titles, to be Shut Down in JanuaryDeus Ex Go, along with Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go, were made by the developers formerly known as Square Enix Montreal, and were some of the best and most replayable mobile puzzle games of all time. But while Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go have currently been spared, Deus Ex Go is on its way out and will be shut down for good on January 4, 2023.

This news comes shortly after Square Enix Montreal’s rebranding as Studio Onoma (from the Greek word for ‘name’ – as names “offer endless possibilities”), and then subsequent closure earlier this month on November 1.

A company called Embracer Group bought the majority of Square Enix’s western studios and IPs (including Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, and Thief) for $300 million in May.

As a result, it now owns the rights to Deus Ex Go, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows, Arena Battle Champions, and Space Invaders: Hidden Heroes, among many other mobile titles. Unfortunately for those four titles just listed, Embracer has announced its decision to shut them down for good.

 

All four titles are still currently available for purchase on the App Store and Google Play, but, according to a Twitter post, shall be removed from both stores on December 1. They will then be playable to those who have purchased and downloaded them only until January 4, 2023, at which point players will no longer be able to access them. In-game purchases have also been stopped, effective immediately.

Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go have currently remained unaffected by Embracer’s takeover. But there’s nothing to say they might not go the way of the dodo in the near future. Especially as it appears Embracer is moving its studios away from mobile gaming.

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is one of the four games being permanently discontinued.

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is one of the four games being permanently discontinued.

Unfortunately, this highlights a growing concern among gamers, that of game preservation. Once these games are gone, they are gone. They will never be able to be played again. And that’s very worrying for the future. No other art medium suffers from preservation quite like video games do – how long will it be before many of your favourites become unplayable, too?

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