Barely Mad Studios introduced a month in the past that Mission Vehicles 2, the most effective racing sims ever, was being removed from Steam (opens in new tab) on September 21. I hope you had been capable of seize it if you happen to wished it, as a result of at present is the day and positive sufficient, it is gone.
There’s been no additional phrase from Barely Mad Studios in regards to the removing, however a discover on the Mission Vehicles 2 Steam page (opens in new tab) states that it’s not obtainable for buy. SteamDB (opens in new tab) carries an identical message: “On the request of the writer, this app has been retired. Chances are you’ll not be capable of purchase or get it.”
It is honest to say that “could not” on this case means “can’t.” You may be capable of scrounge one up from a key reseller if you happen to’re particularly keen and prepared to roll the cube, however the Humble Retailer (which supplied the sport by way of Steam keys) has additionally eliminated its Mission Vehicles 2 itemizing, and the Project Cars 2 website (opens in new tab) not affords buy choices both.
The rationale for the removing of Mission Vehicles 2 (and shortly, the unique as nicely) is straightforward, and one we have seen earlier than: Expiring licenses for vehicles and tracks. Merely put, builders and publishers pay for the suitable to make use of real-world merchandise of their video games—on this case, vehicles and tracks—with the intention to improve “authenticity.” However these rights do not exist in perpetuity, and when the licensing deal expires, a selection should be made: Renew or let it go. And if gross sales aren’t more likely to justify the expense—which is all however actually going to be the case for area of interest, years-old driving sims—then the deal will probably be left to lapse.
In some circumstances these lapsed licenses might be labored round, similar to when Rockstar pulled licensed music from Grand Theft Auto 4 (opens in new tab) when it turned 10 years outdated. However vehicles and tracks are principally the entire of Mission Vehicles, so eradicating or transforming licensed content material could be a Herculean activity, if it is even doable in any respect—not one thing that Barely Mad was apparently eager about bothering with.
The removal from Steam (opens in new tab) is comprehensible, nevertheless it nonetheless sucks—Mission Vehicles 2 is a extremely good racing sim—and it demonstrates the fragility of digital distribution: Individuals who personal the sport will proceed to have entry, however the absence of bodily media eliminates different avenues of buy. It additionally showcases the pitfalls of licensed content material. If Barely Mad had taken a Rockstar method to its vehicles, with goofy-named knockoffs just like the Massacro, the Zentorno, the Felon GT, and the Vigero ZX, Mission Vehicles 2 may nonetheless be on sale; as an alternative, we obtained 5 years of actual names (Mission Vehicles 2 launched on September 22, 2017) and now it is gone for good.
In case you have any ideas about snagging the unique Project Cars (opens in new tab) earlier than it is delisted, you may wish to get a transfer on: It is slated for delisting on October 3.