Asmodee removes Pandemic from Nintendo eShop and disables online multiplayer in Catania
Publisher Asmodee Digital is pulling its Pandemic game from the Nintendo eShop and disabling online multiplayer in its Switch version of Catan.
For the former, an announcement on Twitter said the game will be retired starting July 31, although existing owners will not be impacted.
“The first digital game was released 9 years ago, and we believe the current quality and reliability no longer meets what Pandemic deserves on digital platforms,” the statement read.
“That’s why we’ve been phasing out current Pandemic games published by Asmodee Digital from all digital stores.”
This is why we have gradually removed current Pandemic games published by Asmodee Digital from all digital stores. However, existing owners will not be impacted: all players who have already purchased the game will still be able to play and download it.
—Asmodee Digital (@AsmodeeDigital) July 22, 2022
As for Catan, the deactivation of online multiplayer is due to the closure of GameSparks servers. It’s an external service owned by Amazon that is “essential for online multiplayer.”
Players will still be able to play the game solo and the price will be lowered accordingly to $/€14.99.
However, players will still be able to play the game solo. We will also lower the price to $/€14.99 following this removal. We thank the CATAN community for their support and involvement.
—Asmodee Digital (@AsmodeeDigital) July 26, 2022
Asmodee specializes in bringing popular board games to digital form, like Pandemic and Catan.
Hoping that new versions will be released in the future.