Insomniac Games has moved on from Resistance and is now developing Fuse for EA, but the studio hasn’t forgotten about its fans – the Ratchet fans in particular. The latest game in the series, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, has now been priced and dated for later this year.
Coming in at just $19.99, gamers can look forward to Full Frontal Assault on the PS3 and Vita when it launches on November 27th. The game supports cross-buy, a new promotion implemented by Sony that allows consumers to purchase the PS3 version of the game and get a digital Vita copy for free. The game also supports cross-saves and cross-play, allowing Vita owners to play against PS3 gamers!
Insomniac Games‘ James Stevenson announced today that the game will be available both digitally and at retail. Initially, a retail release was only planned for Europe. However, fan demand caused Sony and Insomniac to rethink their distribution plans. Only the PS3 version will be available at retail, though both the retail and digital versions come with a code for a Vita copy.
Though it might not seem like it, the decision to bring Full Frontal Assault to retail is a significant action. It is quite rare that a title developed for digital release also comes to retail, unless it’s as part of a compilation. At $20, FFA could end up looking like a budget title compared to the slew of $60 games releasing alongside it. That being said, Sony needs to be applauded for taking the risk. Releasing every title at $60 isn’t helping gamers or developers, and the industry should be moving to a tiered pricing model to help give smaller games more exposure. By putting Ratchet out at such a low price, Sony is taking a step towards a more flexible game market, one that’s not strictly separated into big name retail titles and small digital games.
Not only that, but $20 is a great price!
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault releases November 27th, 2012 for the PS3 and Vita.
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Source: PlayStation Blog