We've been big fans of the retro gaming collection Antstream Arcade on Xbox so far, but the team had some sad news to share this past weekend, as Warner Bros. was announced to be leaving Antstream - at least for the time being.

As a result, 27 titles have departed the cloud streaming service over the past few hours. These include likes of Mortal Kombat, Smash TV and Rampage are among them, so it's definitely a painful loss!

Here's the full list of 27 games that have left Antstream Arcade as part of the Warner Bros. partnership:

  • 720
  • Arch Rivals
  • Bubbles
  • Championship Sprint
  • Cyberball 2072
  • Defender
  • Gauntlet
  • Gauntlet 2
  • Joust
  • Joust 2
  • Marble Madness
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Pit Fighter
  • Rampage
  • Rampart
  • Robotron: 2084
  • Root Beer Tapper
  • Satan's Hollow
  • Sinistar
  • Smash TV
  • Spyhunter
  • Stargate (Defender 2)
  • Super Sprint
  • Total Carnage
  • Wizard of War
  • Xenophobe
  • Xybots

It seems the reason for this loss is simply because the two parties couldn't come to terms on a new deal, and Antstream says that the "tough decision" allows the company to "increase our catalogue by 100s more titles".

"After three great years with Warner Brothers and the Midway collection, we decided it was time to bring some fresh content to our players. This tough decision enables us to increase our catalogue by 100s more titles bringing the maximum possible value to our players."

"Antstream releases new titles on the platform every week, a process that involves complex licensing and negotiations with original game developers and IP owners. This ensures owners of the games are paid in a fair manner and the games are playable just as the original creator intended them to. It’s our mission to one day have every game that has ever existed playable on the platform on any device, anywhere in the world."

While it's certainly disappointing news, Antstream has promised a new "Namco collection" has been secured for Xbox and we'll be receiving news about its release very soon, and we already know about a bunch of upcoming games and features that are in the pipeline for the service - including a major UI overhaul in the near future.

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[source twitter.com]