Another franchise that has disappeared into the ether as we start 2014: Fallout. The original game, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics have been removed from sale on GOG.com, “due to circumstances beyond [their] control”.
A public statement is both apologetic and vague:
These classic titles have been with us since day one, that is for over 5 years now, and they were always one of the highlights of the selection of games that we offer. There are very few titles in the history of computer role-playing games, that have had so much impact on the gaming landscape, players’ expectations, and even the popular culture. The iconic setting, the memorable quotes, and unparalleled amount of fun and challenge these games provide–it’s all burned in the memory of a whole generation of gamers. Probably even more than just one generation. It was an honor to have you here, Fallout. Take good care of yourself out there, try not to mistake a gecko for G.E.C.K. (not even remotely the same thing!), and remember to take your Rad-X pills!
Officially, the games were removed at 3:59PM GMT, Tuesday December 31st 2013.
If you purchased the games prior to that cutoff, you will still be able to download the installers – and bonus content – via your user account. Similarly, if you have a gift-code for any/all of them, you’ll be able to redeem it… as long as that gift-code wasn’t acquired in the recent giveaway.
GOG “sincerely apologises” for any post-apocalyptic inconvenience the situation may have caused – the implication is that the decision was made by someone other than the DRM-free retailer.
Still, even if you missed out on these ones, there are 671 other games available in the catalogue – hop to it!