It seems that Capcom has been unable to break the mounting combo of comic book character licensing fees. As part of a pretty nonchalant blog post, the Japanese publisher has revealed that both Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be leaving the PlayStation Store for good this week. This appears to apply to the PlayStation 3 games only, and not the Vita ports.

Both titles will exit the PlayStation Network on 17th December in North America and 19th December in Europe, with the DLC set to depart on the same days. The firm points out that the two releases are currently discounted, meaning that you can still snag them for cheap before they disappear. As far as we’re aware, you’ll still be able to download the games if you've purchased them in the past.

Of course, this sorry situation flags one of the primary problems with digital distribution and licensing fees: there’s always a chance that products could be pulled. Other content that has followed a similar path includes the excellent OutRun Online Arcade and numerous Rock Band songs. Are you planning to take Capcom’s infamous mash-ups for a ride before they make tracks? Throw a fireball in the comments section below.