Digital distribution is an integral part of buying games in 2020. Depending on where you look, the popularity of physical distribution of games on discs or cartridges is gradually decreasing. This has some fantastic perks that make it more convenient than ever to buy and install a game without leaving your home. Types of games whose physical distribution would never be economically viable can still find an audience, and the game’s networking has opened the door to a multitude of types of updates, expansions, and DLC.
It’s not all positive, however, as perhaps one of the most worrying factors is that games and content can be delisted, meaning that after a certain date something will no longer be available for purchase. This can happen for any number of reasons, but one of the most common reasons games may be removed from the list is when the license agreements associated with the game expire.
The Forza racing series, with its extensive selection of licensed vehicles and extensive selection of in-game radio stations with licensed tracks, is extremely vulnerable to cancellation. Almost every game in the Forza franchise and downloadable content for it has typically been dropped from digital stores about four years after it was released. This may not have been something you would have noticed if you had played mainly on PC, as the series only started out as an Xbox. The series made its PC debut back in September 2016, as Forza Horizon 3 was the first major line entry to be made available on PC. I think you can see where this is going.