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LEGO: Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit Pulled From Online Stores

LEGO: The HobbitLEGO: Lord of the Rings and LEGO: The Hobbit are no longer listed for sale on digital marketplaces. Any digital marketplaces. Not the PlayStation Store. Not the Xbox Marketplace. Not even Steam. If you have previously purchased the games though, you’re good. They are still available to download from the market where you bought them, they just aren’t for sale. (If you want to buy either of the games, you’ll need to find someone selling the actual disc.)

Warner Bros. didn’t say why they removed the two titles; however, after looking at statistics on Steam, not a lot of people were playing either game before they became free last month. And even now, the number of PC players is still relatively small compared to games like Team Fortress 2 or Grand Theft Auto V. So basically, a game that nobody was playing is no longer available to purchase.

Still, a lot of people might be putting on their conspiracy theory hats asking why Warner Bros. would pull the titles. The answer is simple. According to Polygon, the licensing rights for selling these games expired at the end of 2018. Move along… Nothing to see here… Please disperse…

Even though the LEGO: Lord of the Rings and LEGO: The Hobbit games aren’t the newest games in the LEGO video game universe, they’re still fun. At least the LOTR game is. I apparently have only played The Hobbit for 2.1 hours that I don’t remember. (I don’t even know how it was added to my Steam library.)

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Director of Podcast & Technical OperationsAfter developing a love of Star Wars and comic books as a child, Zohner was destined to be a geek. With interests touching on computers, video games, tech, books, TV and movies, and toys and collectibles, he is the epitome of a well-rounded geek. When he's not writing articles or podcasting, he can be found managing projects for a software company or spending time with his family.

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