A highly rated and popular game on Steam is temporarily free before disappearing from the digital storefront. It’s not very common for games to get deleted, but it does happen a few times a year. In an increasingly digital age, this is more problematic than ever. And in this particular case, that means you can never buy the game again because it was never released in the store. That being said, if you have purchased the game you will still be able to play it after it has been removed, and until its removal, if you have not purchased it you will still be able to enjoy it as it will be free until it is released on January 23 will be removed.
The game in question is Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzles from Blue Wizard Digital. On Steam, the game has a “Very Positive” user rating, with 93 percent of over 5,000 user reviews rating the game positively. The game, which was released in 2018, is available on other platforms, but all these versions, such as the Steam version, will also be removed from the list on January 23. However, unlike the Steam version, these versions are not free until then.
Why is the game being deleted? Well, according to a statement released alongside this news, Blue Wizard Digital is unable to renew the affected license. And without a license, the game can no longer be sold. This is the degree of specificity given about the licensing issues.
“Today we have to make a sad announcement: we were unable to renew the license for Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle with the licensors and are required to discontinue all future sales of the game later this month,” the statement reads. “All platforms have assured us that players who have already downloaded/purchased the game and made in-app purchases within the game will forever have access to the content they paid for. The game will be out of stores on all platforms on January 23, 2023.”
The statement continued: “We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this is causing. It really is a sad situation and all of us at Blue Wizard are absolutely crushed as well – F13: Killer Puzzle is a game we are so incredibly proud of. Thank you Thank you for your support over the years, and stay tuned to BlueWizard.com for future updates. Also, don’t forget that we’re still proud to offer the overwhelmingly positively reviewed horror puzzle game that started it all: Slayaway Camp!”