Update: In an email sent to PC Gamer, Asmodee Digital said Pandemic has been delisted because it's simply too old.
"The Pandemic app was released 9 years ago, and we no longer feel the current quality and reliability of the game is on par with what Pandemic deserves on digital platforms. The time has come to make way for the digital future of Pandemic," the studio explained.
"That is why we are progressively removing the current Pandemic games published by Asmodee Digital from all digital stores. Current owners will not be impacted: all players who have already purchased the game will still be able to play and download it. Pandemic is and will remain available to play online in single player mode or in multiplayer on Board Game Arena."
Asmodee Digital's Pandemic, based on the popular co-operative board game published by Z-Man Games, was quietly delisted from Steam (opens in new tab) on January 6. The mobile version is no longer available to buy either, though owners can still download any version they've already bought.
Though no official announcement has been made, one player contacted Asmodee support and was told via email (opens in new tab) that, "We have worked hard over 4 years on Pandemic and withdrawing it from the stores has not been an easy choice. This decision was made with a heavy heart for a multitude of reasons that we cannot disclose." The email also claimed that Pandemic would be leaving the Xbox store on January 31, and Switch by the end of July.
Pandemic is no longer mentioned anywhere on Asmodee Digital's website (opens in new tab). A look at the Wayback Machine (opens in new tab) shows that its page was removed in November or December of 2021. However, one digital version of Pandemic remains—on browser-based tabletop gaming platform Board Game Arena (opens in new tab), which Asmodee bought last year. You can play Pandemic there for free right now, and with online multiplayer, something the Steam version didn't have.
When a planned Pandemic giveaway on the Epic Games Store was canceled in 2020 (opens in new tab), it was assumed to be a matter of sensitivity given the Covid-19 pandemic was in its early stages. As Asmodee DIgital explained in the statement above, this delisting was unrelated.
In December, holding company the Embracer Group announced plans to acquire Asmodee (opens in new tab) in a deal worth €2.75 billion (over $US3 billion).