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.
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.