Sega has let it be known that the 2013 remake of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, will be pulled from digital stores in a matter of days as September 2nd will be the last day that you will be able to purchase it. The game is available for the PS3, PC via Steam, and Xbox 360, although it was recently added to the backwards compatibility list meaning it can be played on Xbox One as well.
Based off of a statement made by Sega, it appears that they have lost the license to continue to sell the game, which isn’t uncommon when it comes to licensed games such as this one.
Originally released in 1990 exclusively for the Sega Genesis as it was developed in-house by Sega, Castle Of Illusion was 16-bit side-scrolling platformer, an 8-bit version was eventually released on the Master System and Gear Gear respectively, and was very well received by critics. It’s worth mentioning that this was released prior to Sonic The Hedgehog as it wasn’t released until 1991. The story is rather simple as Mickey is chasing after a witch who goes by the name Mizrabel, who kidnapped Minnie and plans on stealing Minnie’s youth, Mickey’s job is to stop this witch from doing just that.
In 2013 Sega Studios Australia was the developer behind the remake of this classic Genesis title, which was eventually released on PC via Steam, PS3 and Xbox 360, and in 2014 was released for Macs, iOS devices & Windows Phones. The original Genesis game was made available for the PS3 only to those who had pre-ordered the game. PlayStation had made this title available to download, at no extra cost, with their PlayStation Plus membership in April 2014. The game retails for $15.
Sega has stated that gamers who have already own the game can redownload it again with no problems, but if I was you I wouldn’t take any chances with that and would redownload it right away.
It’s terrible to see a game such as this just disappear and no longer to be available to play through legal means, but this is nothing new for Disney as they’ve done this many times over the years with their movies only to re-release them a few years later, but now it’s their games getting this treatment. I beg you not to just write this off as yet another garbage licensed game as that is the furthest thing from the truth. Castle Of Illusion is and was a stellar platformer so if you’re like me and love platformers definitely don’t hesitate and buy this while you still can since it was only available as a digital release.