Minecraft: Story Mode's Xbox 360 price hike is not a joke


Problems of the digital age

Minecraft: Story Mode is about to be delisted from digital marketplaces, but something odd is going on with the Xbox 360 version. In a strange limitation of the Xbox Live Marketplace, there is no way to remove a title from sale while letting legitimate owners redownload them. I guess Microsoft didn’t think of that when it launched the 360 14 years ago (how dare they!), so a different type of workaround has been utilized.

Each episode of Minecraft: Story Mode is currently available for $100 on 360. That is not a joke, but something done to deter people from actually buying the game. In a message on the Minecraft: Story Mode Facebook page, what’s left of Telltale Games’ staff wrote:

Minecraft: Story Mode games will no longer be supported via the necessary game servers on June 25th, 2019. All of Minecraft: Story Mode content was removed from sale on each digital storefront ahead of that happening. In the process of removing these items for sale, on the Xbox 360 platform only, existing Minecraft: Story Mode players became unable download their remaining episodes. From working with the Xbox 360 platform, the only solution to this situation is to re-list the downloadable content for purchase. So, to assist existing customers, all the downloadable Episodes for the two Minecraft: Story Mode titles are temporarily re-listed but, to deter new purchases, they will be re-listed at a very high price!

So if you really feel like dropping over $1,000 to get all of Minecraft: Story Mode digitally, you can now fulfill that dream. Sadly, once June 25 rolls around, you’ll no longer to able to redownload any of the episodes on Xbox 360. A physical version of the complete season one exists on 360, but it seems season two will be lost to the passage of time. The problems of a digital age, I suppose.

Minecraft: Story Mode [Facebook]