A selection of "rare classic games" will be made available on the US PlayStation Store this week, according to Industry Gamers.
The move is part of Only On PlayStation Network, Sony's bid to draw attention to the range of exclusive games available from its PlayStation 3 download store. On October 4, PS2 classics including Capcom's high-camp brawler God Hand and hack-and-slash title Maximo: Ghosts To Glory, Konami's strategy game Ring Of Red, and Vanillaware titles Odin Sphere and GrimGrimoire will be released.
As well as the old classics, October will also see the release of a host of PSN exclusives, starting on October 4 with Eufloria and Rochard. Sideway: New York follows next week, with Sodium Collection due on October 13. Okabu and Rocketbirds launch on October 18 and, the following week, InFamous 2 expansion Festival Of Blood and Pixeljunk Sidescroller will be released.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get a 20 per cent discount on all games released in the promotion, and those that spend $60 on the store during October will receive $10 credit for purchases in November.
We've contacted SCEE to ascertain whether the promotion only applies to the United States or will be rolled out worldwide, and are waiting to hear back from Capcom whether the PS2 games will be in original form or upscaled to HD.
UPDATE: We've had the following statement from Sony: "The Only On PlayStation Network programme is for the SCEA region only. However, we will be bringing the majority of the content to the SCEE audience, including classic PS2 titles. We have numerous exciting offers that we will be introducing to PSN users throughout our region in the lead up to Christmas and look forward to sharing these with you."
Seventh wrote:Guys, how can you not mention God Hand being there?
That's the real prize of all this.
Seventh wrote:It sounds like this will be a new feature akin to PS1 classics, so I'm hoping for a lot of things. Who knows, though?
And that's what I'm talking about! ... Sucks about the PS2, though. Sorry about that.
Sony announced the launch of its new “Only on PlayStation Network” initiative today. Starting October 4, every Tuesday in the month will see the release of new PlayStation Network exclusives–including PS2 games.
Mentioned in the release are Pub Fund titles like Eufloria and Okabus, and first-party titles like inFAMOUS 2: Festival of Blood and PixelJunk Sidescroller. A selection of “rare classic games,” including God Hand, GrimGrimoire, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Odin Sphere, and Ring of Red, will become available tomorrow.
According to a NeoGAF poster familiar with the new PS2 initiative, the re-releases are straight ports. They’re not remastered, there isn’t button mapping, and there aren’t any trophies.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a 20 percent discount during launch week of each “Only on PlayStation Network” title. Those who spend $60 or more by the end of the month will be awarded $10 in PlayStation Store credit. Purchases aren’t limited to “Only on PlayStation Network” games; you can amass $60 or more by purchasing games, add-ons, movie–anything on the PlayStation Store.
“‘Only On PlayStation Network’ is our line of great exclusive games that users can count on to deliver exciting game experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network, SCEA. “This strong initial content offering, combined with the day one discounts for PlayStation Plus subscribers and the ‘Spend $60, Get $10 Back’ promotion, makes PlayStation Network the premier destination for digital content.”
The release schedule for the month is as follows:
October 4: Eufloria and Rochard.
October 11: Sideway: New York.
October 13: Sodium Collection.
October 18: Okabu and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.
October 25: inFAMOUS 2: Festival of Blood and PixelJunk Sidescroller.
DarkAdonis wrote:I'm all for having less clutter. And yeah, hopefully, they only cost a little bit more than the PS1 classics do. I think those range from about $5-$10 or so? So maybe $15-$20 for PS2 games?
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