[UPDATE] Patapon 2 will not be available on UMD
- Posted April 14th, 2009 at 02:33 EDT by
- 19 Comments
According to an inside source speaking with ArsTechnica, Sony plans on releasing Patapon 2 as a download-only title with purchase vouchers being sold at retail locations. This source -- which has been a solid foundation of inside info in the past -- also notes that Patapon should retail for $15 on the PlayStation Store while its physical counterpart will ring in at $20 a pop. While it's odd to see two different prices for the same means of operation, it does give way to the next PlayStation Portable, which may discard UMD entirely.
Furthermore, the source also indicates that these vouchers will also be purchasable through other online retailers as well. The problem with downloadable titles on the PlayStation Network is that you can always share them with up to four other people if you'd like. Hopefully Sony has some sort of plan in order to prevent gamesharing in this specific case, or the company will be looking at a major loss of revenue on one of its more unique titles.
UPDATE: This rumor has been confirmed by Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA.
"We're considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content," reads Seybold's statement. "The downloadable game will be available on May 5th at both retail and via the PlayStation Store. We remain focused on providing superior games and entertainment experiences in both the UMD and digital formats and are working closely with our partners to deliver the best PSP line up in our history."
- 3:56pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
- 4:03pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
- 4:09pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
attempt to reduce pollution?
- 4:30pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
Getting ready for PSP2 / PSP4000
- 5:03pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
So why is there already a physical version available in Europe? Do mind that PSP games are not region-coded so the EU version can also be played on a US PSP.
Also, The EU download version costs as much as the physical version.
- 7:52pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
interesting idea if u can buy the voucher from any retailer that would normally sell the umd its not a bad idea but if it has to be downloaded in some regions without vouchers than its not a great idea cus people without credit cards wont get it, altho having it downloaded can be nice as u dont need to worry about a disk and u can just click play whenever u want
- 9:41pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
Now this is ridiculous if you ask me.
Dave-The-Rave | Dave-The-Rave
- 9:54pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
I thought it was already out..lol
- 10:05pm EDT - April 13th, 2009
oO but .... this is avaliable in the shops .... physical case and UMD .... *mind exploads*
- 12:23am EDT - April 14th, 2009
i prefer the UMD .... so i can keep it n display it on my game shelf.... further more, if something went wrong with the digital copy or the memory card...then might have to repurchase again><
- 1:08am EDT - April 14th, 2009
well then, that pretty much guarantees that I wont be buying it.
- 6:56am EDT - April 14th, 2009
If this test case is US only then I am wondering what the sales figure was for the first Patapon. Patapon 2 is already released in EU a few months ago as download or UMD.
However I am still wandering whether I will buy the physical or the download because I have 2 activated PSPs on my account and can only use the mulitplayer option simultaneously with the download version.
- 8:14am EDT - April 14th, 2009
Why would they test an idea like this for one of the big PSP titles. They can lose money. Im certainly not going to buy until I see a hard copy
- 9:29am EDT - April 14th, 2009
I guess I picked the perfect week to get a new PSP 3000...
- 9:41am EDT - April 14th, 2009
@ 14 thats cool you picked up a PSP 3000, but PSP 2 or 4000 comes out during the X-mas holiday
- 9:44am EDT - April 14th, 2009
well i hope this doesn,t take up too much space on our PSP
- 9:50am EDT - April 14th, 2009
Digital FTW :)
- 3:53pm EDT - April 14th, 2009
hope i can play it on my ps3
Rukusho | Rukusho
- 9:45pm EDT - April 14th, 2009
@4 also getting ready :)
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