It appears that Activision’s game licenses for certain franchises has expired with the most prominent titles being TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan and various Spider-Man games including The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider -Man 2. The evidence of this expiration is the fact these games are being delisted from digital stores including Steam, the Xbox Marketplace, and the PSN Store. The TMNT delisting is a bit of a surprise since it released less than a year ago. Another Activision published game which has disappeared is Fast & Furious Showdown.
The only way to get these games going forward is to buy physical copies, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see prices rise now that the titles aren’t available digitally. That isn’t to say we’ll never see them again on digital storefronts if Activision can renew licenses for these titles in the future. Games like Deadpool and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 were both delisted from digital stores for some time before being made available to purchase again.
Of course Deadpool had the advantage of a highly anticipated movie generating hype, while Marvel and Capcom are making a new fighting game together so the UMvC3 re-release would have been due to that. With a new Spider-Man game now coming from Insomniac with Marvel taking more control the Activision published games may not be seen on digital stores ever again. TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan doesn’t have the lure of movie hype to make it viable to renew a license right now either.