As Steam gets more remastered titles (e.g. Metro Redux, Sleeping Dogs, etc.), their older counterparts are no longer available to buy on Steam (presumably to entice people to actually buy the remastered titles).

Now, these "old" versions of the games are in my library, but will they remain there? Will I still be able to play these games in the future (as I have no intention of buying the remastered versions)?

  • We have no idea what Valve will do in the future. Currently, yes, you can, but we can make no guarantee that that's how they will continue to do so.
    – Frank
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 19:31
  • "Vote to close because the question is about unreleased or illegal content." Hmm... Not too sure about that one.
    – alexqwx
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 19:32
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    You're asking us what Valve is going to do in the future. We don't know. If you want to ask about how it works now, that, we can answer.
    – Frank
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 19:33
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    @Frank Any policy for any company can change at any point in time. Steam has a policy regarding being able to access purchased games that have been removed, this question is answerable. If the policy changes in the future, then this question will need a new answer regarding the new policy. It's no different than when game mechanics change after patches.
    – cimmanon
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 0:49
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    There have been games removed from the store that people have bought. There is nothing speculative, unreleased or illegal here. Voting to reopen.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 13:51

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Short answer: Yes, you can.

If you have bought a game on steam that is not available for purchase anymore, you will be able to download and play the game anyway. The game is still available on steam, just not for purchase.
Someone could even gift you a game that's not available for sale anymore, assuming they had it in their inventory before it got pulled from the store.

  • I don't have a source for this information, but there are multiple games that have been removed from the steam store in past and people are still able to download and play them if they own the game.
    – Elise
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 20:49
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    I purchased an indie game a few years ago and shortly afterwards the developers went out of business. Steam removed the game for sale, but I was able to continue playing it and unlock achievements for it. So I can certainly confirm this is the case.
    – cimmanon
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 0:55
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    The old Deus Ex: Human Revolution was removed from the store in favor of the Director's Cut version, and I can still play the old version. It appears in my inventory like any other game.
    – 3ventic
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 13:50

Yes You Can,but you will have to know the number for example: steam://install/(number) then copy and paste it in a chat and it will download for another example: steam://install/427920 (FNAF WORLD)

Hope This Helped

  • The question doesn't ask about downloading games that were removed from the store, but playing games that were previously bought and then removed. Not to mention, you're adding nothing that wasn't already said 19 months ago. Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 22:52

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