Limited Run Games has been working tirelessly to re-release a bunch of retro classics, both in physical and digital format. Unfortunately, it seems even the preservation specialist’s efforts have a shelf life. Writing on Twitter earlier this week, CEO Josh Fairhurst revealed that Bill & Ted’s Excellent Retro Collection will be removed from the PS Store on 1st January – despite it launching less than a year ago!
Responding to some pretty robust criticism from fans, Fairhurst explained that his company was only able to acquire a two-year license to the Bill & Ted intellectual property, and development on the compilation had taken longer than expected. Obviously, this is still bitterly disappointing, though, and may cast doubt over the longevity of some of Limited Run Games’ other re-releases.
If you purchase the digital version now, you’ll still be able to re-download it after it’s been delisted. Moreover, there are still some physical editions available on the firm’s website. Still, while we understand the complicated licensing dynamics at play here, this is undoubtedly a bad look for Limited Run Games – a company which has built its entire corporate purpose around preservation.