Adult Swim Games To Reportedly Close With Developers Told Upcoming Wave Of Delistings Coming


Posted on March 11, 2024 by Nick Moreno

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One of the largest entertainment firms on the globe – Warner Bros. – is reshaping its approach to gaming. Much like most of the industry already, live-service is a business model that has proven to be financially secure, but has been implemented an exhaustive amount of times for games that do not fit the mold. The most recent aspect of this is the launch for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Even with the unique flavor of Rocksteady Studios could not save the game.

And the problem is to only grow. In a previous statement, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said that the aim for its gaming venture is to approach live-service with a full embrace moving forward. What’s more worrying is a new statement from the firm. In that, the company told that the aspect for AAA projects is to decrease with more focus on live-service – reiterating on the initial statement from Zaslav.

What could be a symptom of this approach is the recent reports surrounding Adult Swim Games. Online users share that dozen of games are to be lost to time with plans for the publisher to shutter and mass delistings are to take place. According to Delisted Games, there are at least two dozen titles in the crosshairs from this motion. You can read the full list below:

Battle Chef Brigade
Death’s Gambit
Desync
Duck Game
Fist Puncher
Glitterman Grove
Headlander
Kingsway
Mage Coin Squad
Major Mayhem
Oblitus
Pocket Mortys
Pool Panic
Rain World
Rick And Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Rise & Shine
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
Small Radios Big Televisions
Soundodger+
Super House of Dead Ninjas
Super puzzle Platformer Deluxe
Traverser
Volgarr the Viking
Waster: A Post-Apocalyptic Pub Crawler
Westerado: Double Barreled
Zenzizenzic

Speaking to Polygon, Soundodger+ developer Michael Molinari elaborated on the event when approaching the publisher on the matter. “I don’t know if they’re delisting it or deleting it,” Molinari told Polygon in an email. “I pleaded with the rep to transfer ownership to my company, as I still retain all IP and game rights. I sent him a link to Steam’s transfer page and explained clearly that it takes literally three clicks to transfer ownership to me. He rejected my request.

Despite the push back from Warner Bros. Discovery, Molinari was told the reasoning “stems from logistical and resource constraints” alongside “the limited capacity of our team.” However, he is encouraged to republish his release on Steam. He does address that “would erase all my wishlists, reviews, community guides, and forum discussions, along with not allowing new and old owners of the game to compare achievements and trading cards.”

Also, it also requires returning to the game on the backend to erase any elements referencing Adult Swim Games. “I asked for clarification, and he even wants the credits sequence altered to remove the names of the [Adult Swim Games] team. I’m a huge supporter of games preservation, and this is a direct blow to properly crediting the people that worked on a game.”

What are your thoughts on this recent development?

Source: Delisted Games, Polygon

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