Additional reporting by Andy Robinson.
138 PlayStation games will no longer be available for purchase in any form when Sony closes PSP, PS Vita and PS3 stores this summer, the VGC analysis has revealed.
Earlier this week, our analysis suggested that a total of 2,200 digital games would just disappear from the PlayStation marketplaces, although the vast majority would still be available on other platforms such as the PC or Xbox.
However, the 138 titles listed below will essentially be lost forever on their respective platforms and are not currently available for purchase in other formats.
Although users will still be able to download their previous purchases again in the foreseeable future, from 2 July it will no longer be possible to buy games on PS3 or PSP online marketplaces, and on 27 August the same will apply to Vita as well.
Games that will disappear after the closure of PlayStation Store include Infamous: Festival of Blood, Echochrome II, Lumines Supernova, The Last Guy, Rain, Trash Panic, PixelJunk Racers, Tokyo Jungle, TxK and MotorStorm RC.
For the sake of clarity, we have not included any games that are physically released in any territories. For example, Echochrome and Echoshift on the PSP received physical releases in the EU, and the region’s regionless nature means you can still play them globally.
It is also worth noting that some of these games have already been pulled in certain regions: Lumines Supernova, for example, was picked up from the EU store in 2017, but is still available in North America. As digital games continue to be launched to this day, there is also a chance that the list may grow.
Click through to complete PlayStation Store termination analysis to get an overview of the impact Sony’s closures will have on game preservation.
Journalist Brittany Vincent claimed in a VGC column that the gaming industry must increase its efforts to preserve video games, before more titles are lost.
“The medium is invaluable – and while many of us were careless in its infancy, there is no real excuse these days for not archiving every bit of the art form we have come to protect, not with high-quality catch cards, the ability to scan objects and documents directly from our phones and literal 3D printers, ”she wrote.
“If we do not want to see more games lost on the sands of time, it’s time to start getting serious about conservation – before it’s too late.”
The 138 PlayStation games that will soon not be available for purchase anywhere