Bulletstorm removed from Steam -- But why?

Epic Games' over-the-top first-person shooter vanishes from Valve's PC marketplace, but we don't know why.

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Epic Games' 2011 first-person shooter Bulletstorm is no longer available on Steam, vanishing from Valve's PC marketplace earlier this week. That's what we do know. What we don't know is why.

We have reached out to Epic Games for comment, but have not heard back yet.

Bulletstorm remains available for purchase via EA's Origin download platform. You can buy the game there today for $20.

Developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly (now called Epic Games Poland), Bulletstorm launched in March 2011. Described as a "pulp sci-fi adventure," the game features arcade-style mechanics that challenges players to "kill with skill."

People Can Fly started work on Bulletstorm 2, but would later abandon this game to work on Gears of War: Judgment instead. For more on Bulletstorm, check out GameSpot's review.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

162 comments
Pupchu
Pupchu

They removed it from steam, to get more exclusive titles on Origin. The same thing that EA tried with Crysis 2 some time back.

edinsftw
edinsftw

Bulletstorm wasnt that good anyway...The online component never even worked well on pc

flashn00b
flashn00b

Most likely reason for it to be removed from steam is that they can't exactly sell games condemned to unplayability.

cleanfun
cleanfun

Steam is like the thrift store of gaming. It's the only place I know where every games qualifies as an Action, Adventure, RPG, Simulator, Indie, FPS, Racer. I don't even know why they bother with categories. They're all dollar-store games being sold for $10 - $20.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Doesn't make any sense at all, good thing I have a physical copy of the game.

BattleStarX
BattleStarX

Well, if it's still on Origin, maybe EA's got an exclusivity contract with the producer and publisher now.  They've been known to do it before.

MJ-X
MJ-X

Why do people think that bulletstorm sucks? this game was hilariously addictive and loads of fun. Talk about killing with style and the mp was insane too. Sushi D*ck any1?

poopinpat
poopinpat

The title should read "Bulletstorm disappeared from the Steam store."


If you have already bought it, it is still in your library.

riotinto876
riotinto876

Came here for the comments from idiots who think people who bought the game digitally can't play it anymore, wasn't disappointed.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

I got the game when it was like $5 and even then played it for about an hour. Too silly and boring, sorry.


Sad that people who like it will be affected, though. It's a shame.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

One of the reasons why i will always prefer physical media over digital.

skayj2
skayj2

Well that's great. This game and the Metroid Prime Series are the only fps games that I've had any fun with. Bulletstorm had a lot of interesting mechanics like the whip and the skill shots as well as a sense of humour that I enjoyed, as a result it was the only fps during last gen I deemed worthy of a purchase.


It sucks how the only fresh entry in this tired, stupid and annoying genre was left to die.


Also the Metroid Prime Trilogy is just classic, I hope Nintendo return to it.

chatphon
chatphon

great game ,maybe GFWL is the cause of it's dissappear LOL.


i'm really miss "Serano" guy (kinda big-a$$h0 villian)

nighterrorx
nighterrorx

Every time I try to defend "digital only" a digital store pulls this crap. At least people who purchased it still is able to play it....

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

"I've fallen and I can't get up" - Gamespot

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Maybe Valve had to make room for all of the crap they've been releasing on their store front recently.  :P

ECH71
ECH71

If it's an EA game then it's not surprising they're making it exclusively available on Origin...


Although I like Origin a lot more than Steam, I don't agree with the moving of the games from one distribution network to another.

crognalsen
crognalsen

This is a pretty good game.  I'm glad I got it before it was taken away from Steam.  I doubt they took the game down because it was bad lol.  It may be something to do with games for windows live shutting down.  Perhaps there won't be a way to play it anymore.  I worried about the same issue with Dark Souls.

quakke
quakke

Because it's a low quality development and a console shooter (slowpaced, optimized for a gamecontroller), so it doesn't belong in Steam. It's a game completely on-rails and has stuff like "aimdownsights", "healthregen", "sprint" and is feed by cutscenes and walkingscenes. Every game doesn't have to try to be some CawwaBaddadoody..


GFWL also has to do with it probably..

Hurvl
Hurvl

Damn, that game was at the top of my Steam wishlist, but fortunately I've got other games to fill that gap as well as a backlog that will take years to thin down. It might appear again before I have time to play it, but otherwise I can just search ebay or something.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Eddie... like, really? You don't even MENTION the GFWL shutdown (which is OBVIOUSLY the reason) in your article?????

Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

Seems I still have it on my owned games list, guess it's only gone for non owners.

Barighm
Barighm

@MJ-X Some people just want every game to be a brainless headshot fiesta. They think that just because they enjoyed one game that played that way means EVERY game should play that way. If it doesn't, it sucks.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@riotinto876  Some downloads get removed from the servers entirely so you can't download it again if you ever lose it. That's atm the rare scenario but people fear that becoming the eventual fate for everything since no sever will last forever.

Unraed
Unraed

@ECH71 Out of curiosity, what do you like about Origin?  I'll admit myself that the color scheme is nicer, but what else?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@R4gn4r0k Came to write what you said in your second statement, thanks for saving me the time.

I would only add: I am a big GoW fan, and I would have preffered a Bulletstorm 2 rather that Judgement.

luizferrarezzi
luizferrarezzi

@quakke  I'm pretty sure that "aimdownsights" and "sprint" was perfected in Battlefield 2 and its not a console shooter

hlm2
hlm2

@quakke  Bulletstorm like Call of Duty? No. Not at all.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@Ripper_TV  Yeah first thing I thought was GFWL had something to do with it.

But it's still being sold on Origin, which is weird.

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

@Earthbound_X  Yeah, I have at least one other game I can still download and it still has a community hub but you can't buy it anymore. I'm glad it works this way.

ECH71
ECH71

@Unraed @ECH71  To a name few:


- You can change username. I've been using Steam since the day it launched and back then your e-mail address would was your username. I no longer have access to that e-mail address, it's longer than the typical e-mail address and to sign into steam, it's a pain to have to type out instead of a 5-10 character username. Other annoyed users have inquired about this but Valve just didn't give a s***.


- Origin doesn't advertise aggressively like Steam does, by putting games into your library over the weekend so you can sample them. Call me picky but I don't like this, especially if I loathe the game they dump into my library. Inquired about opting out, Valve doesn't care enough to even respond.


- Better customer service (at least in my experience). Every time I contact Steam support it takes ages to get a response if any and they've rarely been helpful. If it doesn't involve paying them more money they don't give your inquiry any priority. Origin support however, easily accessible via live help button in-app and get results 95% of the time.


Although I haven't yet had the need to exercise my rights, Origin has this "Great Game Guarantee" that sounds promising. I'm not sure if Steam's refund policy is as good... like I said I haven't yet had the need to do so.


Also, I don't know if anyone else is having this problem but every now and again it asks me to re-confirm my e-mail address... What the hell kinda bug is that?

quakke
quakke

@luizferrarezzi@k41m

Yet they didn't make only games like Bulletstorm (Call of Duty gameplay) in 2005. There was still a thing called VARIETY. You had your aimdownsights games, and you had your games without aimdownsights etc.. get the picture?

k41m
k41m

@luizferrarezzi @quakke  ^This ..You can tell when some kid just wants to jump on the console hating bandwagon because his mom just bought him a new 1337 'puter. If he had been a PC gamer for long he would know this.

Unraed
Unraed

@ECH71 @Unraed

@ECH71@Unraed Its interesting to hear your points, escpecially because Origin supports are somewhat rare as seen in the other comments. ;)


You're right about the username issue -- you can change the name displayed to others, but your login name always stays the same.  It never bothered me because Steam automatically logs me in.


As far as advertising I've never really minded the free weekend thing Steam has (though I've also never used it).  I can see why some people irked by it though. Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention that the Origin client gives out annoying popups advertising something.  On Steam you can disable them.


I agree with you about Steam support actually.  I've never used Origin's support but once I bought a game on Steam for which they had run out of product keys. (The message the client gave was "could not connect to key server)" Valve ran out of keys early on a Friday and never made any sort of comment or explanation until late on the following Monday.   I guess this experience really soured my view of Valve, because it felt like they didn't care at all.

I'm not sure how any customer can think that the Great Game Guarantee is a bad thing. Its worth noting that Gog has followed suit, even though they have no DRM.  Here's to hoping Steam does the same!


That reconfirming email address problem has only happened once to me I guess and I wasn't bothered.

One of my complaints about Origin is if I haven't logged in for awhile it makes me reenter my credentials and retrieve a code from my email.


My other major complaint is that certain EA games require you to buy their annoying currency "Bioware Points" to buy DLC.  When its their own platform and their own games, they have no excuse for such foolery.  


Finally, I actually do want Origin to succeed because any competition for Steam's virtual monopoly is a good thing in my book.  I subscribe to the idea that all monopolies are a bad thing in a free market.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@ECH71 @Unraed  1) you can change your username on steam.  It takes about 3 clicks of a mouse to get to the option.  Once you log in once, steam saves your username and you only have to enter a password.


2) They let you sample games... oh noes.  


3) Steam always provides me with great customer support.  I've only had to contact them twice and both times I received a prompt reply with advice that fixed my problem.


4)  Asking you to confirm your email address is just a simple security measure. Not a bug.  It also asks you for confirmations when attempting to log in from different devices for the first time.  Considering the size of my library I'm all for extra security.


At least steam works, the few games I've played on Origin were a hassle for online play.  Trying to play Mass Effect 3 co-op, Origin wouldn't even show my friends as being online half of the time.

crognalsen
crognalsen

@ECH71 @Unraed  

 I don't mind if they put games into my library temporarily.  honestly I didn't even notice that.  What really bugs me about Origin is that they refuse to allow you to disable ads for games when you first start the client.  They said they would eventually give an option to disable it like you can in Steam, but they never did to my knowledge.