Perhaps, Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman Will Be A Hit On PSN

By Spencer . July 7, 2009 . 10:32am

image Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman: What Did I Do to Deserve This? will only be released as a downloadable PSP game. Nao Zook, Marketing Coordinator, explained on the PlayStation Blog the reason behind the decision was the demo was well received. How popular was it?

 

Speaking with a representative from NIS America I learned over 150,000 people downloaded it. Sure, that’s not a million, but for a niche dungeon managing game that’s pretty good. Actually, that’s superb.

 

Releasing Badman over PlayStation Network mitigates risk, which could make it easier for the quirky game to be successful in North America. And if Badman is a hit there’s a better chance we’ll get the sequel too.

 

In case anyone was concerned about Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days going download only, I confirmed with NIS America that Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days will be a retail PSP title.

 

Here’s a look at the third stage in Badman, which features heroes Shota and Sukisuki.

 


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  • B.K.

    I hope the game sells less than 1,000 copies. That will teach them not to go digital only.

    • Kaoro

      … I can’t tell if that was a joke or not. So are you saying that you would have bought it had it been physically released?

      If the game bombs on PSN, I would think that would only reinforce NISA’s decision to go download-only. I’m assuming a retail bomb would cost them more.

      Why would you be bitter about it anyway? Less risk means that these niche publishers might be able to bring over games they might have passed on otherwise.

      • B.K.

        Yes, I was planning to buy the game. I won’t be getting it now, unless it has a physical release in Europe. If it does, then I’ll import. I’m against digital distribution. I hate the idea of it. If the only way for me to play a game is to buy a digital version of it, then I’ll pass.

      • Safiel

        I’m in the same boat, planned on buying it but wont anymore. Will import from Europe if possible. But for me the reason is drm.

        @Kaoro – NISA may decide that if the game bombs on PSN it would have bombed at retail… and they may or may not be correct. There’s a lot of factors at play here.

        A big one that I see, is whether the numbers for the free demo translate into sales. Maybe it will and maybe it wont. Maybe people will just pirate it, or just downloaded the demo because it was free. Just how many of their customers are upset because they wanted a physical copy, or perhaps the sales will be really good and people who care are a very small minority. Reminds me of the movie Snakes on a Plane, tons of internet hype did not translate into theater ticket sales like the studios were guessing it would, but of course the reverse could also happen.

        Hopefully they’re thinking things through, looking at the number and type of customers they are giving up vs. the new ones they’re hoping to gain. Of course it’s going to cost them a lot less to drop this into psn, and they can always keep their options open for a physical release later if their psn plan bombs. So as a customer, I dislike what they’re doing, but on the business side I understand. Hopefully they’re correct in thinking that customers like me are no longer worth while, or their sales will suffer. Now I’m going to go play with my prinny plushies and disgaea figurines.

  • Ereek

    I think there would have been less of a fan backlash if they had done a very limited physical release of the game as well as the digital download. As a business decision, it’s a good idea but some of their longtime fans may be alienated. I’m not the biggest fan of digital distribution, I only own one downloaded game – Flower, but I can see that it does have benefits.

    To be honest, even if a UMD cost $10 more and was released along with the digital copy, I’d still probably buy it over the digital version, but I won’t attack NISA for their decision.

    • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

      Yup that’s what I thought too. They might pull this one at the very last minute, too.

    • Safiel

      Well said. It probably didn’t help that they pulled this pretty late in the game.. Late enough that people had pre-ordered the game already and ended up with canceled orders. (I had not pre-ordered it yet, but that’s because I was waiting for it to show up on rosenqueen first since I order my nis games from them)

      There is one thing though that will become more relevant as time goes on, pspGo owners. It’s pretty annoying that sony has created this situation with the psp, and if you want to please everyone you’re talking releasing on both medias.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Celedin Celedin

    As much as I love my physical products, I’d rather have the game available to buy than not at all.

  • Aoshi00

    Is 150,000 downloads a good number for a free d/l? I d/l any demos if they’re free on PSN or Xbox Live. Or it could be people were wondering what this “Badman” thing is about since the title is interesting.

    I wasn’t too crazy about this game, but I am not buying Patapon 2 for the same reason because it’s digital only.

    If you think about it, this is a really simple game w/ simple graphics that’s very fitting for digital only, like Megaman 9. I think it’s just the idea that fans feel left out and the news was so sudden.

    I have a feeling at $20 this game would not sell too well at all, when you consider other digital d/ls like SF2 HD remix, Megaman 9, or Bionic Commando Rearmed being sold at less or half that price. For a physical copy though, $20 is just right.

  • srkelley

    I’m fine with digital, but I still like collecting stuff. I wish we could still buy the box or something similar to Patapon 2. I was one of the demo downloaders, I’m glad to have helped them out at least. :P

    I will be getting it before the year is out. That and Half Minute Hero. I would’ve waited for both of them to become really cheap used games before playing them. They both feel like they’re worth buying new.

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