As of September 30, Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One reached “End of Life” status. That means that the game and its associated DLC are no longer available for purchase. [source]
So this isn’t unheard of, games go out of print and so on. Licensing deals expire (which a car game possibly gets from limited terms on the vehicle licensing but also other brands (Top Gear, Ken Block, etc) and even just the music) and force games off the market. Especially for somewhat incremental products like sports games (which is the model for something like Forza Motorsport with incremental changes to car roster and tracks - but not the model for Forza Horizon, a game that also went EoL after 5 years on shelves) then it’s maybe not the end of the world. These games even have physical versions so you can get out there and find a copy to buy used, although you can’t buy any DLC that’s not included.
Here’s my thing: should we accept this as just the norm? Especially with games increasingly becoming just digital products, should we just get used to games vanishing from infinite shelves because it’s too much hassle to license the parts required in perpetuity or should we expect the heritage of games to be preserved as something you can buy (especially in terms of digital-only DLC) forever (while the company that made it still exists or another company purchased the IP from a collapse)?
Are you prepared for a future where this is absolutely the standard for all games? That you get a window to purchase them in and after that’s gone then so is any ability to legally play the game - without first sale doctrine extended to digital copies then there is no recognised right to resell existing purchased copies so once the original seller stops selling new copies then you have no access to legal versions of digital games and DLC. It’s the matter-of-fact way this is stated in the post, as if this should just be something we expect for all games going forward rather than an exceptional event (like the EA server wall of shame - something to chastise a publisher for allowing to happen).