Specs Ops: The Line It is one of the most important games of the seventh generation of consoles. However, as time has passed, fewer people have had the opportunity to experience this title. Now, it was recently revealed that this process has become complicated, since Specs: Ops: The Line has disappeared from multiple digital stores on PC.
Although it is still possible to enjoy this game on Xbox through backward compatibility, it has been confirmed that Specs Ops: The Line is no longer available on Steam, Fanatical, Gamesplanet and Nuuvem, PC stores that many users use today. The only place you can still get this title on PC is the GOG store, where it is currently discounted.
At the moment no reason has been given for this. While some hope this will lead to a remaster, it is very likely that the licensing contracts have come to an end, and 2K Games, the distributors, do not intend to renew this contract. Along with this, the only way to enjoy this title on consoles today is on Xbox through backward compatibility.
It seems that if you don’t have the original hardware and a physical copy of Specs Ops: The Line, it has become much more complicated to experience this title. At the time, Yager Development’s game attracted a lot of attention by presenting a story where violence and the player’s admiration for this element are questioned, and This was one of the first AAA experiences to do this on a large scale.
However, as the industry places greater focus on digital games, video game preservation has become a very important issue that, unfortunately, some of the big companies do not want to be part. In this way, we have cases like that of Specs Ops: The Linewhere an important piece for the history of the medium has been forgotten today, and very few people have access to it.
We can only wait to see if the game returns to Steam, or if 2K Games is planning a remaster, something I highly doubt. On related topics, Xbox’s physical games department is disappearing. Likewise, 60% of PlayStation sales correspond to physical games.
Although today we take for granted the messages that Specs Ops: The Line managed to capture it in a AAA game, we must not forget the importance of this title. It’s a real shame that fewer people have the opportunity to enjoy this experience, and this event makes it clear that video game preservation is a joke for most companies, which is disappointing.