Watchmen game clocks in at $20

Warner Bros. confirms price point for first downloadable episode of PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 film tie-in.

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On March 6, movie audiences will learn the answer to the question/marketing slogan "Who watches the Watchmen?" when the comic-based feature film arrives in theaters. The same week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will learn the answer to a much more important question: Who watches their wallets?

Man, these character models aren't very expressive or lifelike. What's that? She's real?

A representative with the publisher today confirmed that Watchmen: The End Is Nigh will cost $19.99 on the PlayStation 3 and PC download service Steam, and an equivalent 1,600 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360. Developed by Deadline Games (Total Overdose, Chili Con Carnage), The End Is Nigh is a 3D action brawler featuring split-screen cooperative play for two.

Set before the events of the film, The End Is Nigh follows film protagonists Rorschach and Nite Owl during their days as a crime-fighting duo cleaning up the streets. The game is intended to fill in backstory alluded to but never discussed in any detail in the comic and the movie.

While significantly more expensive (and more expansive) downloadable games are available on the PS3 (Warhawk, SOCOM Confrontation) and Steam (the service regularly carries full-price new releases), the $20 price point of Watchmen ties it as the most expensive Xbox Live Arcade title to date. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One is the only other Live Arcade game to debut with an asking price of 1,600 Microsoft points.

Discussion

114 comments
UncanNay
UncanNay

The download was perfect. I don't like DC but this may reel me in. I just hope that the full download has additional characters. This could of been in the stores...

Hedfix
Hedfix

Nah, the movie's only about 2 hours... this lasts about twice as long!!!1111

necronaux
necronaux

Thought this was supposed to be a play-the-movie (i.e.full length) game.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

I'll buy it looks sweet go watch the video on xbox live.

Hedfix
Hedfix

" sgt-hawkins Posted Mar 3, 2009 5:11 am GMT -12 i miss the good old days when original movies and games came out now everything is a remake or a sequal " What like Mirror's Edge and Dead Space out a few months back from the king of cookie-cutter sequels that is Electronic Arts?

Hedfix
Hedfix

This is supposed to last 3-4 hours gameplay-wise. 1600 does not cut it.

truedog80
truedog80

Ugh, why is it that people assume that no disc=silly distraction. Sure a bunch of arcade games are just that, remakes of arcade games not worth more than 5 dollars, but The Lost and Damned was downloadable and i played that for over 15 hours. Both episodes of the Penny Arcade games were incredibly well done RPG's which gave me many memories to cherish, and they were 1200 not 1600. This is the dawn of the download and I hope people get over their gay love affair for the disc soon.

shadowkiller11
shadowkiller11

it looks good, also $20 or about £10-£15 in UK is not so bad, its not like its bad, lost and damned, penny arcades and other games on psn (even so they are more of retail games but downloadable) i think it will be ok nothing great but nothing bad.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Wow 20 dollars is pretty steep for a downloadable game. So as much as I love Watchmen, I think I'll give this a miss

sgt-hawkins
sgt-hawkins

i miss the good old days when original movies and games came out now everything is a remake or a sequal

Hedfix
Hedfix

Buying it? HELL NO!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Hmm... I'll wait for the review before I cast any comment. I can get another 1600 MS points card for £14, as I just have done for Lost & Damned, so as long as the game is decent, £14 seems like a good price for it

kerrman
kerrman

Why is everyone so friggin' negative? This is a game for Watchmen fans, sorry you don't want to spend $20 for a game you're not interested in. As for me, $20 is a small price to pay to crack some skulls with Rorschach for several hours.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

This thread and comments about a game by people that haven't come within 1,000 miles of it despairs me. I can see, just through this thread, how gamers are their own worst enemies. I can see why games companies are as arrogant as they are and look on gamers as immature idiots that deserve every DRM'ed, shallow, buggy game they get, because this thread is showing gamers in exactly that immature idiotic way! I mean, just read these posts and you'll see! But dare, just dare to say HL2 EP1 was a $20 rip off with just 5 hours of gameplay and boy! You'll get a different response! I give up on most gamers now like I have already given upon most games publishers!

Temtamperu
Temtamperu

We pay and pay and pay. with the current thread of 1600 ive stopped downloading Arcade titles its too much for games you can get for free on miniclip imo.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I used to one love it when every title to come out on Xbox LIVE Arcade was either 400 or 800 Microsoft Points. That was quite short-lived. :( When I get 1600, I'm probably going to join the rest and get the GTA IV DLC.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Watchmen was a good book, and I hope it will be a great film. But it's all hype. The hype machine is rolling in full effect. Will the game be good? Movie games have a bad track record, so I would be very cautious. On the other hand, $20 bones for those movie charaters ain't too bad, whne you consider that most of us droped $50 on that craptastic matrix game: and wasn't that a beat 'em up, as well? Hummm....

lordrave
lordrave

Oh ya, A game that can easily be produced.. $20, while other game that at least took a year for $60 that can be get for $40+ few months later. So, crap!

lordrave
lordrave

Er, I know 1600 Microsoft points is average for arcade games.. Cant they reduce it to 800? around $10.. I can see that some story will be unfold in the game, no where in movies, that's great. But for $20 is a joke. Castle Crasher/Bomberman and Braid, is addicting, worth every bucks. So, If they drop it to $10, More people would download it, and if the episodes are great, the next series would surely be an easy-cash

BadMonk
BadMonk

def gonna check this out and hopefully will be between 4-6 hours gameplay! anyone know how long please?

clauwman
clauwman

I'm all for episodic content. Much less risk, and it gives developers to polish and possibly change some things about future episodes before they come out. I will have to try the demo first, for this game in particular, though.

ISuperGamerI
ISuperGamerI

Lol, Batman movies suck? Have you watched or heard of The Dark Knight?

Stanford123
Stanford123

20 dollars that i wont be using to buy this

faceman420
faceman420

I heard this ep is 6 hours long? if so might be worth it

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

I say give it a chance. I haven't even read the graphic novel yet! as far as the movie and game are concerned I think fans of The Watchmen will enjoy the movie and game especially the price!

Alex_09
Alex_09

This game, and move, look very, very lame. DC comics for the most part suck, and the Batman movies are absolutely terrible(old ones excluded). The Watchmen is one of DCs hidden gems and now they are throwing it to the dogs.

chapan17
chapan17

well i will definitly be getting this though it doest look THAT great, graphic-wise especially, but i love watchmen universe and think this is cool.. 20 bucks seems like a lot but i was hoping this would be a downloadable game instead of a box game.. except if they are making 3 20 dollar episodes might be too much, unless eachone is a full game itself in content. Peace

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

definitely a good idea i hope that it is a quality downloadable game because if so i will definitely purchase it

lostcali8
lostcali8

Grow up Zintarr.. The game looks interesting.

zintarr
zintarr

I must assume the fanboys I offended are looking forward to the large amount of full frontal male nudity in the film. Have fun boys...

mikeo1229
mikeo1229

Since it is episiodic maybe they will do what the Penny Arcade guys did and lower the price on later episodes. I will probably get it because I love beat'em ups, but I will still try the trial first.

Dim2199
Dim2199

They should sell this in a box

Stickman116
Stickman116

I noticed that it says "first downloadable episode", meaning there will be more and it'll total up to a regular game if they release 3, then again, you don't have to buy it if you don't want it at all. :)

shakensparco
shakensparco

At least people will only waste $20 dollars before realizing its bad than a whole $60.

Gunface1011
Gunface1011

Wow even if this game sucks, which for fans it absolutely will not, it's only 20$!!!

Crazyplayer042
Crazyplayer042

I think people are missing the point. Every other movie-based game has been 60. They cut 40 dollars off that. I think its a great idea, and will save the people who actually still buy movie-based games some money.

machew100
machew100

does anyone have any clue that blockbuster trades in used games too? and they give you more money as well.

z3dd1cu5
z3dd1cu5

Ya, because Gamestop is the only way to buy and sell used games... If used games sales didnt exist, retail prices would almost certainly be lower because the publishers would be selling more copies of new games.

The_Hitokiri
The_Hitokiri

Why is it everyone considers Gamestop some sort of monstrous, evil corporation? Guess what, if they closed down, and no one could get used games anymore, your games would be much more expensive. Why? Because devs will charge more, because less players will buy a game, if they know that when they no longer like it, they cannot sell it. I'm not going to chuck down 60 dollars for a game, if I get it, it turns out to be a clunker, and suddenly I'm stuck with it.

tootergray34
tootergray34

nobody cares how steady or unsteady your income is unhappymatt1, and if your income is so steady...why is your name...unhappymatt1?

Waza19
Waza19

im not buying it probably but thats nice

unhappymatt1
unhappymatt1

Yay DLC. Take that GameStop. $20 isn't alot of money to me, I have a steady income. This is the way of the future. Let the people who make the games reap the rewards for their hard labor. We the gamers will get better quality games. They're not asking for $60.

Yojimbo25
Yojimbo25

I don't see the big deal with the game being 20 bucks. If its good, it won't be a big deal. People plunked 20 bucks down for GTA 4 Lost and the Damned, and its only eight to ten hours long..

Dreski83
Dreski83

20 bucks for something that is considered a XBL game?? I don't know... kind of funky, especially since a game like GTA4 recently released pricey content. At least in that, you have a entire city and numerous ways to enjoy yourself. I wonder how much gameplay is suppose to come in a $20 bundle?