The downloadable PC version of Metro: Last Light has been pulled from GameStop Impulse. GameStop vice president of public and investor relations Matt Hodges told GameSpot that the company removed the game to protect consumers amid the ongoing uncertainty involving the future of publisher THQ.
"Essentially, due to THQ's current financial situation and uncertainty of delivery, in order to protect our consumers we removed the ability to pre-purchase that specific game," Hodges said.
Gamers who have already prepurchased the game can receive a refund by calling GameStop customer service. Physical copies of Metro: Last Light for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC remain available to preorder through GameStop's main website. It is not clear if GameStop intends to pull these versions of the game sometime in the future.
A GameSpot reader tipped the news, saying they prepurchased a copy of the game and it remains in their "My Games" list. However, the specific Metro: Last Light product page is no longer functional.
Other upcoming THQ games, including South Park: The Stick of Truth and Company of Heroes 2, are not listed on GameStop Impulse.
THQ's bankruptcy auction, should one be necessary, will take place January 22 at 3 p.m. EDT in Wilmington, Delaware. Up for grabs are THQ studios and properties. These include Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes), Volition Inc. (Saints Row), former Assassin's Creed director Patrice Desilets' THQ Montreal (unknown), and Vigil Games (Darksiders).