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Though Sony’s next handheld is months away for most of the world, Japanese gamers will get their hands on the PlayStation Vita in a matter of weeks. With a launch scheduled for December 17, most of the launch games are priced normally for Japan, though Ridge Racer was actually a little cheaper. Now we’ve got some idea why the price is so low, as Andriasang uncovered that the game will have just five cars and three racetracks. But don’t worry; you can always pay to download more.

Priced at 3980 Yen or $51.93 (cheap by Japanese standards) and the download version will be available for 2,980 Yen, but that low price equals less content. Not only do five cars seem like an especially small number, but the three racetracks (Harborline 765, Highland Cliffs and Southbay Docks) are all reused from previous iterations of the series. To fill out the game, Namco will be selling new content on the PlayStation Store this December.

Namco Bandai’s defense is that they wanted to lower the price so the online portion of the game will fill up faster. It’s a logical defense, but it’s hard for it not to come off as a cheap ploy to make more money off DLC similar to how “free-to-play” MMOs stay so profitable. So far this situation has only been confirmed for the Japanese release, so we’ll see if the publisher repeats this trend February 22 when the game and Vita launch in the US and UK.

Source: Andriasang

7 comments

  • BIGMercenary - November 24, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    Buy the game menu then access to use the buttons and then everything else as DLC priced at $15! EpicBattleAxe was right. Is this how bad games have truly become? Where devs feel the need to give us the bare minimum then "plan" for DLC that will, in total, dwarf the initial cost of the game?
  • darron13 - November 24, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    I think Namco's a little confused as to WHY F2P MMOs are popular. HINT: IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE CASH SHOPS
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - November 24, 2011 5:37 a.m.

    Oh, so it's going to be one of *those* launch lineups.
  • angelusdlion - November 23, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    And so it begins...
  • Zanetsuken - November 23, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    W T F
  • nai1210 - November 23, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Hope this game bombs or it could start a very bad trend,can just imagine the next street fighter you pay £20 for the game(rather than £40)but you only get 12 characters and to make up the full 30 charater roster you have to pay say £3 pound for each charater dlc to get them all would cost £54,making the game £74 and that would be just for the full roster then extra still for the more usuall dlc such as alternative cotumes,scary thing is if capcom thought they would get away with it they would probably do it,hope everyone in japan sends a clear message to namco and only buy the games that are actually full games come launch day and another thing are games really expensive in japan?
  • mikeleddy83 - November 23, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Anybody still campaigning for dlc on the 3ds anymore (hope you can all type with your straight-jackets on)?

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