Dragon’s Crown has vanished from the European PlayStation Network, and it seems that licensing is to blame.
Recently I’ve heard a few people complain that they couldn’t find action RPG Dragon’s Crown on the European PlayStation Network store – though being that we’ve seen that happen many times before in random acts of “ghosting” I didn’t put much thought to it. Silly me.
An exchange between Yian (@Mazyx) and NIS America in Europe (@NISAinEurope) via Twitter has filled us in on what really happened this time around, so check it out below;
@Mazyx Unfortunately our license expired for this title and we were forced to remove it from the PSN store. Apologies for any inconvenience.
— NISAinEurope (@NISAinEurope) June 30, 2016
According to NIS America in Europe’s response, the fact that their license to distribute the title is up seems to be the cause of the vanishing title this time around, which means that unless someone else picks up the Dragon’s Crown license in Europe it’s likely to remain gone from their PSN for good.
Thankfully however, there are still physical copies out there to be had – with the game available physically in North America, and easily imported. Being that European physical copies are also out of print now, I doubt going for one of those will be a cheap option. 🙁
All that said and done, what are your thoughts on the end of Dragon’s Crown purchases in Europe? Sound off in the comments below.