Former PSN-exclusive updated racing compilation to arrive on retail shelves in October, complete with Fury expansion.
Two and a half years after it was first announced, Wipeout HD is finally making its way to bricks-and-mortar stores--in the UK, at least--after over a year of online exclusivity. It is scheduled to arrive on October 16 complete with the recently released Wipeout Fury expansion pack, branded as Wipeout HD Fury.
The package will cost gamers a penny more than buying both games online, as it will retail for £19.99, compared to a combined £19.98 for Wipeout HD and Fury on the PlayStation Network. Wipeout HD, a collection of tracks from PSP Wipeout games upscaled for HD viewing, first made its way onto PSN in September of 2008. This followed delays some blamed on a potential seizure risk to photosensitive epileptics. Wipeout Fury added eight more tracks from PSP iterations on which to race, more game modes, and more music.
The October retail release is to ensure that the game is "as widely available as possible," according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and is not a reflection of sales performance on the PSN where Sony claims Wipeout HD is still "one of our top-selling titles." The move makes Wipeout HD the second Sony racer to be available to gamers both on and offline, with Gran Turismo 5: Prologue making its way into shops and also being available in its entirety over PSN. Electronic Arts also offers the PlayStation 3 version of its racing game Burnout Paradise as both a boxed product and digital download.
When asked, SCEE would not confirm whether or not the Wipeout HD Fury disc was going to be released outside of the UK. SCEA had not responded for comments about a potential US release at press time.
Wipeout HD is an incredible game and has always deserved a retail release. The inclusion of Fury makes this tempting for me to buy a hard copy! @Hannify I agree mate, Europe made Little Big Planet and Killzone 2 and America got them first too!
@hannify - haha, ya bout time eh. I'm Canadian by the way but its all the same when it comes to the retail market usually. I don't think it's fair though, when ever a game is made it should come out first in it's home country/region. Even if its only a day or two!
@lamprey263 - That's good idea, I might actually do that. I forgot that blu ray isn't region locked. I might even pick up Ratchet and clank quest for booty. It's a PSN download only here in North America. I love my hard copies better! haha. Looks like my Canuck dollar well me spent in the good ol UK in a couple weeks :)
I think this is a very smart move, considering Sony haven't released PSN Cards into UK as of yet. I'd rather have a physical copy than a digital copy any day :)
@Cujo31 - "... I'd rather have a physical copy, but to find out its UK only that sucks!" Blu-ray games are generally not supposed to be region locked at all, meaning you should be able to run any PS3 game from any country on your PS3, so if you ordered WipeOut HD from a UK website that ships to North America you should be able to get a physic copy. I've thought about doing the same thing for Siren: Blood Curse, but I ended up just breaking down and downloading it because I was impatient. Though, the benefit would be you'd be able to play it on multiple systems, and you might be able to sell it later to a used game retailer, and maybe they'd give you considerable compensation due to it being such a rare and valuable title.
I was thinking about buying this on PSN, I was excited when I started to read this article because I'd rather have a physical copy, but to find out its UK only that sucks! Lucky bunch. Now to wait a bit to see if they well release it here in North America....
When will Gamespot will stop using the same stock titles for their articles of "slide" or "roll". Been going to this site for two years and its one or the other for these racing games, when will they broaden their vocabulary. *I forgot they use "drift" way too much.
Whah?! This is the first I've heard of the expansion. [checking Wikipedia now]... dang, since late July. Oh well, goes without saying I have to go home and download this tonight. I loved WipeOut HD, haven't played it in a while so this is a great excuse to do so.
Wipeout HD Fury is wicked awesome! A real example of what the PS3 can do! Think this will do very well in the UK shops.
Might get this. Maybe if I can improve my skillz by about 500% cause I just know that I'm going to get incredibly frustrated.
@scabsandashes I suggest you do more research, the game isn't cel-cshaded at all. The look you're talking about is just one mode/a Fury update, the normal races don't look the same.
ive been waiting for another pod racer style game...something about going 500 miles an hour but this looks sorta cell shaded and disapointing
Nice to have a physical copy, but I hope to god it has an optional install, as the retail-disc users will be holding us digital-copy owners up online with their increased loading times due to data being streamed off the disc, rather than the hard drive.
If this is released in store here I will buy it first day, I'm not "touching" that digital content. Not getting my hopes up though, Siren was never released with a physical disc here.
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