I just bought the french edition of "Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together". I came with a promotion code for a 50% discount on "Vagrant Story" on the PSN. I did enter the code, and it was accepted saying I'll have a 50% discount on the game.

But when I tried to buy the game, I was unable to find it. It was released on the french PSN on december 2009, so it should be present somewhere, but it does appear to have vanished.

It can be found on the PSN website when doing a search, but it does not appear in the listing by genre.

So does Sony remove some of the game from the PSN ? And why ? I wanted to buy it, and I don't think that shrinking their catalogue is in their interest.

Edit: I would be interested in having a general answer to whether or not Sony pull game from PSN whatever the region. And if yes, what you think are their reasons.

  • Just to make sure, you trying to purchase it on the French PSN, correct? I see you're in France but I just wanted to check, because PSN downloads, releases, and codes (and most game DLC) is region-specific.
    – Shinrai
    Apr 8 '11 at 21:05
  • Yes, I'm trying to buy it on the French PSN, where my promotion was accepted. If it is still present on UK or US PSN, I'll probably buy it there, but my question was more about whether or not games are removed from the PSN once they have been released. I did try to search the web for the answer but did not manage to find an answer. Apr 8 '11 at 21:13
  • Figured as much; just making sure. It's always good to solve your problem as well if possible, after all! (I don't know the answer to 'do things get pulled')
    – Shinrai
    Apr 8 '11 at 21:15

I've found a lot of posts from people who are asking the same question as you: some examples are below.

However, I don't see anything from Sony, even though they blog about games being released and people comment on the blog about other games being removed.

Despite that, I would answer your question yes, Sony does remove games from the store. Why?

  • Legal reasons: they used to have rights to the game and don't now, or some content in the game is illegal in a region
  • Technical reasons: something is found after release of the game or of a firmware update that causes significant problems for gamers
  • Sales: perhaps someone can find a specific reason for this in the PSN store; maybe it's similar to the XBLA store, where low-selling games have been pulled to "make room" for more popular games

At least in one case, games reappeared in the PSN store after they were removed. Maybe Vagrant Story will eventually reappear too.

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    I realize this is an old post, but I just wanted to add: In the past, Sony has also temporarily removed games from the PSN because exploits were found that would allow hackers/homebrewers to run arbitrary code on their console. They usually put those games back as soon as a patch became available.
    – Nolonar
    Dec 3 '13 at 18:33
  • just fyi, Sony might remove games from the store, but not (ever?) from your “library” after buying. So if you had it once, you can redownload any time, even “pulled” games. (Does not apply for “rented” games, e.g. monthly “free” games via PS Plus.) Jun 2 '20 at 0:24

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