Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, even on the internet. The Square-Enix RPG The Last Remnant will be disappearing from digital storefronts very soon. Fortunately, it will still be available for a little while, so anyone wanting to get it before it is gone still has time.
The Last Remnant was originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008, which was followed by a remastered PC port in 2009. The PC port in particular fixed a lot of gameplay and technical issues present in the original console version. Whilst it didn’t attract the same level of popularity as some of Square’s other JRPGs, like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, The Last Remnant has maintained a cult following that appreciates its unique combat system and great story.
What this demonstrates is that even digital storefronts like Steam can’t keep games around forever. When the publisher loses the rights, or can’t pay to keep servers running, games can just disappear. This has happened to other games, such as Remedy’s Alan Wake and Activision’s Deadpool game, both for various licensing issues. We don’t have an exact explanation as to why the game is being de-listed at this point, but the developers have made an announcement on the Steam store page.
We will soon be discontinuing digital and physical sales of The Last Remnant on PC.
Sales will cease at the times below:-
Japan region: Wednesday 5th September, approximately 2:00 (JST)
NA region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 10:00(PDT)
EU region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 17:00(GMT)
Anyone already owning the game will still be able to play as per usual.
Thanks to everyone who’s adventured with the Mitras, Yamas, Qsitis and Sovanis!”
I swear that last bit makes sense if you’ve played the game.
Fortunately, anyone looking to experience this cult classic still has until September 4th 2018 to buy it on Steam. If you purchase it, it will be available to download in your Steam library even after the game is de-listed. It is unfortunate that the game is leaving store shelves; maybe there will be a remaster on the horizon? We can only hope that this news at least brings more attention to a hidden gem.