Why? Why is this a thing that is happening? How can it even be? I'm all for this increased frequency of full console games being available as digital downloads. Anything that diverts a bigger cut of sales money towards developers and publishers is a good thing. But it is not meant to work like this. Digital sales are supposed to be cheaper than retail sales, because there are no manufacturing costs or retail overheads to deal with. They're supposed to incentivise the lack of physical product with a better financial deal for the buyer. That's what they're supposed to do.
What they're not supposed to do is cost two and a half times the current high street price for a brand new copy. THQ, this is madness. Terrifying, giddy, histrionic madness.
£57.99. That's what Red Faction: Armageddon costs as a PSN download. And just to be clear that said lunacy-price is not a typo, it's translated into Euros, coming in at €69.99. On Game.co.uk, a brand new disc copy currently costs £22.99 for either the standard edition or the DLC-included Commando and Recon Edition. Intrigued to know what the UK PSN release would cost American buyers at a direct conversion rate?
Above: Kaz Hirai probably had nothing to do with this decision. And we don't even have an official price for a US PSN release. Or even word that one is happening. But never let an old meme die, right?
Right, that's it. I'm done. I have nothing to add. When I try to think about this any further than I already have, the sheer craziness of it all just makes me tired. So I'll leave you with this news. Judge it as you will.
Jul 6, 2011