Patapon 2 passes on retail

PSP sequel to rhythmic action-strategy game confirmed to be available only through Sony's digital distribution service.

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Earlier this week, a retail insider tipped gaming and tech site Ars Technica with the scuttlebutt that Sony's upcoming PSP game Patapon 2 would be sold only through digital distribution channels. The tip proved to be accurate, as today Sony confirmed for GameSpot that Patapon 2 will not be sold in stores.

At least this time there's a reason if Patapon's retail sales are nonexistent.

"This is a test-case scenario for this type of model, and is a one-time thing," a Sony representative said. "We continue to work closely with our retail partners, and UMD [the proprietary format used for retail PSP games] is not going away."

While digital distribution has long been an emerging trend in the gaming industry, it appears to have gained significant traction lately in the handheld market. In October, Sony Japan confirmed that it would be releasing all of its future PSP games in downloadable form day-and-date with their retail debuts. That same month, Nintendo unveiled the portable DSi, a key feature of which is the system's ability to download games directly from a DSiWare store.

If more rumors like the Patapon 2 news pan out, the move to digital distribution may pick up even more speed soon. In February, Acclaim cofounder David Perry posted on Twitter the juicy gossip that Sony is ditching UMD entirely for the PSP 2, presumably making a move to a digital-distribution-dependent business model. Sony didn't comment on the accuracy of that rumor, save to point out that Perry doesn't have an official relationship with the company and to emphasize that "UMD isn't going away."

Discussion

94 comments
Gretzky1106
Gretzky1106

Sony might release this in UMD form in America later this year.

orbit79
orbit79

I can understand where Sony is going with this one but it's not something I'm particularly pleased with. Obviously they can save a lot of money this way and a lot of consumers seem happy not to have to carry around UMDs. Personally, I think if you can't carry around a couple of UMDs then you need to HTFU but maybe that's just me ;). I don't know about others but I personally like to collect games, and have original packaging, manuals, and cds/carts/umds etc. Maybe I'm showing my age but when I was young there was something special about physically getting a new game. Maybe it brings back fond memeories, I dunno. Regardless, I think they should give consumers the option. Luckily, despite rather confusing and conflicting information on the internet, Patapon 2 is available here in Australia on UMD. I picked up my copy today :)

pataponplayer
pataponplayer

Why, oh why did they have to test this on one of the most exciting PSP game releases of my life.

viethoaiphan
viethoaiphan

EXPERIMENT ON A DIFFERENT GAME, NOT PATAPON 2!!!! oh well, download's cool too, i guess. now if i could just find a credit card to use.....

scooterL
scooterL

to fester240 - People are not idiots, the do know how to download games (I have an Alienware laptop for gaming) and that is not my issue. Neither my PS3 or PSP are accessing the internet because my internet provider - Verizon - will not support opening ports on my router without paying $100 to $500 since it is 3rd party applications and I'm not paying it! So I'm annoyed as well and Sony knows what the problem is. It's not as simple as just connecting to the internet.

1995_1996_1997
1995_1996_1997

why are those people giving me those thumbs down. these are facts patapon 2 is unique game that this way cannot be experimented.

squarejp
squarejp

No matter you guys like it or not, the up coming PSP is going to be UMD-less. Download is the way to be, so stop whining. The same as Apple's iPhone, there are no retail physical package for any kinds of Apps. People can only download apps, yet the number of downloads in iTunes is reaching 1 billion.

squarejp
squarejp

I just wonder when all games are distributed digitally, what does Gamestop do? They can't sell used games, so they are limited to sell accessories as the main revenue? Or console makers will put downloadable stations in retail stores to serve people without fast Internet at home as a transition period to 100% non physical media distribution age?

dethtrain
dethtrain

I will have to order this from europe i guess.

giggidy8008
giggidy8008

i hope sony knows they'll be losing tons of money with this STUPID move. Douchebags.

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giggidy8008

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giggidy8008

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02sfraser
02sfraser

emm is this for America and Japan? because we have 5 copies at my work and im fairly sure they are UMDs

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

If Sony really cared about our battery life and ease of carry, they should have an installation to memory card option, built into the UMD versions of their games. Sony is just looking for corners to cut... and I'm sure that removing the UMD drive from the PSP is their true goal. That, and removing the publishing cost of UMD's, manuals and Gamestop's used game sales. Which, most likely, *won't* be passed on to us.

fester420
fester420

Ok now I am hearing there are people that don't know how to download games off psn. What? If you don't know how to download then you are a moron and don't need to be playing video games. And as far as the argument that you are under 18 and don't have a credit card, use your parents card or have them buy you a playstation network card. Or, you can do the thing you're gonna have to do anyway later on in life and open a checking account. I am actually very surprised at the number of people complaining about this. I've never played the game but it seems pretty popular so I might just download it to see what all the fuss is about.

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

I'm glad you still get a box in Europe. Somthing for the collector's shelf

unreal_master
unreal_master

why is gamestop having preorders for it then on the site maybe ur just buying a code? This is random tho for a game

XanderZane
XanderZane

I'm not downloading anything. I have yet to download anything on my PSP. I don't understand why Sony couldn't do both. I'm sure they will released it to UMD once they see how poor the sales are for the game. They are going to lose like 60% of their sales by not releasing the game to retail.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

it's a bit of a hassle to download a game, I could just go to wallmart and buy in less than 10 minutes.

sandeeprai
sandeeprai

im from the uk and i bought patapon 2 from PSN, and i love it. it only took 300mb-ish of space and it means i dont have to carry another umd around when i travle. the battery lasts longer too! the only problems i have with buying all games digitally are that i cant sell it when im done and if the next psp doesnt have a umd drive all my old games become useless! i wont be buying a psp2 if its umd-less, but im ok with buying certain games via psn if i think ill get value for money

puablo
puablo

Well this sucks. I'll be buying it anyways since I actually know how to download a game, but I still think it's a bad move on their part. Of course it does help me with the decision of hard copy vs. non-battery-sucking download.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

I got a PSP, I got a PS3... Will I be downloading a game I would have bought at retail no questions asked... Nope. No sale for you SONY!

GANGSTASAN
GANGSTASAN

bad move sony sales WILL go down. You haven't even considered releasing them PSN cards overhere in Europe yet.... And most consumers are not smart enough and don't know how to access the PSN store through the PSP.

AlexFili
AlexFili

It makes sense for digital download for small games, but no one wants to wait 2-3 hours to download GTA/GOW.

hameh93
hameh93

this is really stupid, Patapon 2 will go down in sales just for people who don't know how to download games and for people who don't like to download games because it wastes its memory stick space!

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

I totally agree bearington. Why not *both* download and UMD? It seems like its such a no brainer. If they really wanna promote DLC, charge $5 less for DLC.

pasteltheman
pasteltheman

Ouch..Patapon 2 is only gonna be sold at digital distribution channel....

bearington
bearington

Why don't they make it available in both forms? Therefore people who want the hard copy can have one and people who prefer download can do that.

XFoogyX
XFoogyX

well, looks like I won't be getting this. too bad, i really enjoyed the first one.

wooooode
wooooode

I wish the downloadable PSP games on PSN were playable on the PS3, because I want to play this but I am not going to get a PSP.

yboucher
yboucher

A: Because the UMD-less PSP is coming.

Redman1984
Redman1984

This is strange. I live in the Netherlands in Europe and I already bought Patapon 2 on UMD two months ago! Why does Sony not bring Patapon 2 to UMD in the US and Japan?? Does anyone know this?

1995_1996_1997
1995_1996_1997

really ,really stupid idiotic move. ediots well these are the sony people what could you say!!

maryjane_67
maryjane_67

stupid move.. i like having the box and instruction manual. i entirely prefer the hard copy. the only pro to digital is that it won't get scratched or lost or something...

NigressSutra
NigressSutra

So now the question becomes...is it also true that all of us who pre-ordered are paying $20 while people who buy the PSN pay $15? I'm cancelling my preorder...

lewser5
lewser5

Why did they have to start it with Patapon 2?! I so wanted to have a hard copy so i can pass it to my friends after i'm done.

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

PSP 2 will probably have the ability to use both UMD's and digital. There's just too big an audience that prefer hard copies.

metalguitar13
metalguitar13

nice job sony, I have broadband but come on....I dont have a credit card,,,Neither does anyone under 18! psn cards are stupid! What? now i need to delete music and pictures just to play this game!!?!?? thats bull

soulpiper
soulpiper

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Somajan
Somajan

I would still prefer to have a hard copy of the box. The art alone is worth the price of the game. (keep in mind it sells for $20 US)

tweak_at_chu
tweak_at_chu

a lot of people might think this is a stupid idea but its not when u actually try it. Memory sticks are almost dirt cheap now, i got an 8gb for less tahn 30 bucks on amazon. and with that, i used to HATE dloading over psn games. but when gamestop didnt have jean d'arc or WTF, i decided to give it a go. and what do u know, 80% of my psp games are on my memory stick without ever worrying about switching umds, and it efficiently saves battery life by at least an hour. i think eventually psp will evolve into digital distribution only, as its very conveniant. there are a lot of PROs to this also. i have two psps and 1 ps3 in my household. one psp for me and one psp for my brother, ps3 for the fam bam. well, we are all registered under the same user name, so taht equals us all downloading it for all systems for the cost of one. This is opposed to buying two umds for our psps to play a multiplayer game. Perfect example of this is Hot Shots Golf. paid only 10 bucks to have hot shots on both our psps and we enjoyed the multiplayer without buying a 2nd umd to play multiplayer together. Also, we are diehard castlevania SOTN fans. well, we got it on all 3 systems for the price of one, since we are quite territorial as brothers who owns what. Really though, u need to try it if u dont think this is a good idea. its very conveniant. the only thing i guess i COULD complain about is the download time, but that may just be a variable on my part.

fester420
fester420

I just don't understand why everyone is complaining. I have been waiting for this to happen for a long time. So you have to wait a few minutes to download the game, it's only a one time thing. You can also back it up on your pc's hard drive to free up space on your memory stick. I mean, obviously everyone here has internet access, the only people that have the right to complain are those who don't use the internet. I would much rather switch to another game without having to get up and grab another one. This is a good thing and down the road sometime, it's going to be how all media is distributed so you might as well accept and embrace it now or you're gonna have a crappy life. Change is good.

metalkid9
metalkid9

damn I hope the game will fit in my memory card

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

[quote="decoy1978"]Cutting the distribution companies like GS, Amazon, Best Buy out of the picture will make these games cost less... its a win for US to make these games digital download only.[/quote] How is it a win for "us" when we don't own the games anymore? Where is the guarantee that the games will be cheaper? And how is it a win for us who won't be able to play anything in a DD-only distribution model?

BlackSamvara
BlackSamvara

Just as with my opinions on MP3 vs. CD, Sure, I appreciate the ease of just being able to download specific music (Or in this case, Games) that I want at just the click of a button, But I really do enjoy having box art, manuals, and so on so forth. I can't really complain as programs such as DSi Ware, Virtual Console, XBLA, On Live, and PSN are all really proving the point that Digital Download is going to be much more relevant in the future. Plus, Decoy is absolutely correct. When you ditch the cost of packaging and manufacturing, the final cost is reflected for us, The consumers. Still, I enjoy having physical "copies" of the games I buy, But there's no denying that more and more developers are thinking of Digital Distribution... I guess we'll just have to wait and see where all this goes.

robfield
robfield

I'm glad to see so many people are thinking the same way as I. Hopefully Sony reads the comments at gaming press sites and realizes that Patapon is not the game they should test this on. Sony couldn't get digital downloads right the first 3 years and now they wanna force it on us. Bad idea.