[UPDATE] Umihara Kawase Trilogy Returning to Steam after Brief Delisting


One of the perils of digital storefronts is that when a game's gone- such as when a license gets pulled, or the licenseholder goes out of businses- it's gone forever. That might've been the fate of the Umihara Kawase trilogy of physics-based platformers on Steam, but they're getting a second chance.

 [UPDATE] The return of fish-rope action to Steam has been delayed from its projected January 28th date by 'minor paperwork' according to Degica via Hardcore Gamer, but the series will be reinstated on the service as soon as possible. The original story is below.

Back in late November last year, Umihara Kawase Shun was released on Steam, completing the trilogy of tough, rope-based platformers starring the epnymous Umihara as she tries to fish-rope her way through bizarre, dream-like levels filled with vaguely-hostile fish and lots of hazards to overcome through the power of a grappling hook/fishing line thnigy. Having this version, as well as a port of the Super Famicom game and the Vita/3DS game Sayonara Umihara Kawase, all in one place made it far, far easier to try the series for yourself, especially considering how expensive physical copies of them are...

... Until publisher Agatsuma Entertainment filed for bankruptcy at the very end of 2015, taking their self-published Umihara games with them, including all three Steam releases and the Vita version of Sayonara (which included the Super Famicom game as a bonus). This meant that Umihara Kawase Shun had barely been on the service a month before being delisted, never to be bought again.

Luckily, as reported by Hardcore Gamer, publisher Degica- who've been making a name for themselves by publishing some fantastic Japanese releases on Steam and PSN including Mushihimesama and Darius Burst Chronicle Saviours- are stepping in to reinstate the series on Steam at least, from January 28th onwards. If you didn't get the chance to try them before their unceremonious delisting, this is a good opportunity to try them out. They're difficult games and they will make you swear, but when you finally defeat that one stage you've been stuck on for weeks... It's a good feeling.

Link: Hardcore Gamer - Umihara Kawase Just Won’t Stay Dead, Coming Back to Steam from Degica

Last Updated ( 30 January 2016 )  

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(Link to this comment) Faalagorn 2016-01-26 23:42
If you manage to get the game before it's removed, it stays on your account, however. Same applies to GOG. Those games are sought for within Steam collectors (yes, it exists and it's not that rare either).

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