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Spec Ops: The Line permanently removed from Steam and other digital stores

Screenshot from Spec Ops: The Line featuring the game’s protagonist in tactical gear wielding a rifle staring at a urban city covered by sand.
Image: 2K

We finally know why Spec Ops: The Line was delisted — it’s the licensing. Video game newshound Wario64 first sounded the alarm on social media that the game had been removed from Steam and other PC storefronts seemingly without explanation.

On X, Cory Davis, the game’s designer and director, was also out of the loop asking the game’s publisher 2K why this happened. “Makes no sense,” Davis wrote. “Especially because the themes portrayed in [Spec Ops: The Line] are more relevant now than ever.”

In an email to The Verge, 2K communications director Joe DiMiero offered the reason for the game’s removal:

Spec Ops: The Line will no longer be available on online storefronts, as several partnership licenses related to the game are expiring….

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