Xbox One owners have been reporting today that their digital copies of Far Cry 4 are no longer playable, as the title has seemingly disappeared from the Xbox Live store.
Interestingly, the game still remains visible through a search, though trying to access the game page leads to a dead end. Meanwhile, the gold edition of Far Cry 4 remains intact, as does the Xbox 360 version.
Ubisoft have reported that they are looking into the issue, though point out it is most likely Microsoft’s error, while some players have reported that Xbox Support have stated the game will return within 24 hours.
Ubisoft community manager Mr_Shade commented, “The team are actively investigating the issue this side, however it’s also worth contacting Xbox support – since it appears that the game has been removed from the Store – this has happened for some – please check if it’s still available to you – if not, it ‘could’ be related to that, which MS are investigating too – however as I say, Ubisoft are looking into the issue as a matter of urgency.”
With any luck this will be an isolated incident and resolved quickly, but it does raise some huge concerns over the state of digital game management as more players opt to download games instead of buying physical copies. If a license expiring – or a simple error – can render a purchased game unplayable, do Microsoft need to re-evaluate their ways or working, or was this just a minor hiccup in a largely solid system?