If you purchased Minecraft: Story Mode‘s episodes for both season 1 or season 2, you might want to download and store the games right now because after June 25th there won’t be any legal ways available for you to purchase or download either season of Minecraft: Story Mode.
According to Game Informer, the news about the inability to re-download the game, even for people who own the game, came straight from Mojang. In fact, there’s a short post on the official Minecraft website from Mojang, which states…
“’On behalf of the publisher, Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series, Season 1 and 2 will no longer be supported on June 25th, 2019. If you have purchased these seasons, please download all remaining episodes prior to the service being discontinued in June.’
“So if you own either season of Minecraft: Story Mode on Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, or iOS, you have until June 25th, 2019 to download the episodes. We’d recommend checking you have all the episodes downloaded!”
This comes after Telltale Games dissolved after years of financial mismanagement and massive decline in sales.
Skybound Entertainment stepped in to help publish the final episode of the last season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, but the developer’s other titles didn’t have an angle publisher to step in and help them out, including Minecraft: Story Mode.
This is also yet another reason why the all-digital future is one of the worst things to happen to gaming. It means that legally being able to get your hands on a game, whether it be new or old, becomes obsolete when the intellectual property rights are tossed in the air and a company becomes insolvent.
In this case, if you don’t already own Minecraft: Story Mode but would like to, then you will need to purchase a copy and download all the episodes right away. You can then back the episodes up on disc or a spare hard drive using Steam’s option to make copies of games. Simply head to your Steam library, right click on the game and click on the option near the bottom to make a backup copy of the software. Select where you would like to store a copy of the game, and this way you will always have a spare on hand.
If you purchased Minecraft: Story Mode digitally on home consoles then you’re basically fresh out of luck, unless you have it installed on an external drive.
Funnily enough, this is one of the issues that pirates don’t have to worry about in the all-digital future, as they not only won’t have to worry about paying for games they also won’t have to worry about those games ever being taken out of their makeshift digital libraries.
It’s almost funny to a saddening degree that the only people who get punished the most in the all-digital future are paying customers.
(Thanks for the news tip FightSJWCensorship)