Do you have a kid who’s a big Lord of the Rings fan? If you do they may be a little sad right now. Warner Bros. has pulled both Lego: Lord of the Rings and Lego: The Hobbit from digital stores, including Steam. The company says that you can still download them if you’d already purchased copies, but newcomers will have to track down physical copies or not have them at all.
Warner Bros. didn’t say why it pulled the two titles, although Lego: The Hobbit has a not so great history. It only covered the first two movies in the trilogy, and plans for an add-on that introduced The Battle of the Five Armies never happened, so fans may not mind this one disappearing so much.
Both Lego games were free at the Humble Store in December, so it could be that Warner Bros. may have been phasing them out due to low demand anyway. These are not the most recent games (Lego: LOTR launched in 2012), but other Lego games have held long shelf lives. They aren’t all created equal. There is some speculation that the licenses for the games expired, although that’s not confirmed yet. We will have to wait to hear why.