Freedom Wars To Be A Digital-Only Release In Europe

By Ishaan . July 3, 2014 . 9:00am

Freedom Wars will be released as a download-only title in Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have confirmed.

 

Over on the European PlayStation Blog, PS Blog Manager Fred Dutton confirmed in the comments: section “I appreciate it’s not the response some of you want to hear, but I can confirm that Freedom Wars will be a digital only release in SCEE.”

 

Freedom Wars is slated for release later this year in both North America and Europe, but does not have a release window yet.


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  • Jorge

    I didn’t realize it was coming to the West! Sweet!

    • Anime10121

      Been confirmed for a LONG time now, this and Oreshika 2!

      • Jorge

        Now for Lost Dimension….

        • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

          Unless FuRyu has someone else handling it, I can’t see it coming over.

  • SpaceOfSoul

    Rage commence

  • chibidw

    Par for the course.

  • Anewme…Again

    Well, at least Europe can import.

    • Nas

      Well last I heard was that the JP version has a online pass.

    • michel

      You’ll have to switch to an American account if it has got an online pass (and it probably will…)

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    This digital-only trend is NOT acceptable =.=. Many people would prefer traditional (such as myself). Not only because it’s a physical copy. But because all these “digital only” titles is kinda forcing me to buy a 64gig memory stick :/ which is something I don’t wanna do atm lol

  • ARMs7777

    Please have a physical release for America. I dunno if its confirmed or not.

  • James Williams

    R.I.P Vita

    • Kenny Loh

      Just only Europe, lol in Asia we have most of the retails Vita games

  • Jaeger Knighty

    Looks like we in the EU are soon going to be digital only soon. Which I personally find stupid. I don’t have infinite memory cards, and in the event I lose or broke something, I’d need to spend time re-downloading everything!

    • natchu96

      In the event I lose or broke something as a physical-copy user, I’d have to re-BUY everything :/

      Though yeah, I know someone who actually uses digital, and to me it sounds like it does suck.

      • Jaeger Knighty

        I meant game-wise in that regard. If you broke one game, you only need to buy one more. If I broke memory card/lost them with all the digital games on it, its just a pain to re-get stuff. Why can’t we just get the option to have physical copies like everyone else?

        • ishyg

          “If you broke one game, you only need to buy one more. If I broke memory card/lost them with all the digital games on it, its just a pain to re-get stuff. ”

          I do understand this concern, but if you re-download stuff, it will not cost money anymore, compared to when you break your cartridge, you have to buy the game again.

          • Jaeger Knighty

            Bottom line is, the option to choose between digital and physical would be very nice. Limiting us to one is just not fair.

            Having a nice game case is also cool…

          • ishyg

            If the cover art is like the Soul Sacrifice one, where you get a different art on the backside, then count me in on the physical too.

    • Masa

      lucky that importing from US is so cheap. :)
      Heck, importing ps4 games from America is cheaper than buying them local, lol.

      • Jaeger Knighty

        They’re not, actually. We have to pay import tax, which can be up to £20.

  • Masa

    Will not be buying then as i only buy games that are on disc, i like to own what i spend my money on.

    Will import from America but only if they get a disc version.

  • Go2hell66

    region free ftw

  • Weeb

    Makes me worried about the North American release. I don’t want digital, I’m already getting screwed over by the vita memory card prices. I just want to buy games sony, why are you making it so hard?

    • Furu Chi

      Nick Accordino from the PS Blog said that they are going on a retail release.
      Check the 11th comment
      heres the link:
      http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/30/freedom-wars-new-details-on-ps-vitas-upcoming-action-rpg/

      • Weeb

        Oh that’s a relief. Thanks!

      • michel

        Unfortunately, that obsolete comment is from four days ago and from a Sony US spokeperson.
        Check any recent Sony comment on the EU blog to discover the sad truth.

    • Anime10121

      Its already preorderable physically just about everywhere :/

    • subsamuel01

      I don’t mind digital on consoles, but the Vita memory cards are super expensive only got a 8GB and its already full. North America always gets digital only releases for most Vita games too.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I always prefer a physical release or at least a choice. The problem with the Vita specifically is the storage space and pricing for memory cards. I have no problem downloading SOA because it was a miracle it even came to the West, however, a game like Freedom Wars deserves a full physical release in all locations of the West.

  • Isaac Todd

    Well then, looks like I wont be getting Freedom Wars. They can’t justify digital-only releases when memory for the Vita is still so expensive. I hope that for anyone importing the NA release, it doesn’t use an online pass like the JP version.

  • Zer0faith

    http://cdn.meme.li/instances/300×300/52068303.jpg

    Just another toll on the memory card and wallet if you dont have a large enough one unfortunately.

  • Hexodious

    I’ll just put up my middle finger up to the screen and leave.

    later.

  • RawrWata

    called it.

    As long as the game has cross region multiplayer, I’m fine.

  • persona_yuji

    WHAT!? Oh for the love….!!!?? Seriously Sony? Seriously? This was one of my expected games for the Vita, this was THE game and you’re doing it digital only?!

  • Mika Moreno

    Europeans can import an English physical copy from America, so there’s that ^^

    • MrTyrant

      Isn’t that more expensive?

      • Gregor

        That’s the funny thing, it probably isn’t :)

        • MrTyrant

          Hahaha

      • Mika Moreno

        I think it’s worth it. I like boxes, so i’d do it. (If i wasn’t American)

      • SirRichard

        Not at all, really, for the UK at least. The US price comes out at about £35, which this would hover around anyway if it had a boxed release. Free shipping from PlayAsia, too, and if you get it marked as a gift it just about skirts under the threshold for customs tax. Have to wait a while to get it, yeah, but it’s roughly the same.

    • Dede Ogbe

      can’t play online though which is annoying.

      • Hexodious

        Free pass, unlike the JP version.

        • Dede Ogbe

          Wait seriously? when was this confirmed?

          • Mika Moreno

            Well it’s able to be pre ordered at GameStop, so i just assumed…

          • Dede Ogbe

            ah no worries. Nah man, you need a psn code i think

          • Hexodious

            Well, sort of? I remember Scott Rohde saying “No more online pass” last year.

        • Atwa

          If there is DLC coming though you can’t get that, which sucks.

    • Raztune

      Yeah that isn’t a good alternative at all. It’s a 1st party game from Sony, why should we have to import it?

  • AnonymousNaruto2000

    It sucks that it’s digital only, but I’m just really happy this was announced for Europe (I was going to get the Digital version anyway).

  • Kami nii

    This is making my eyes bleed :(

  • Dede Ogbe

    What’s pissing me off is that even a game like Vita Pets, got a physical release. Freedom Wars, supposedly a major Vita title: Nope.

    • persona_yuji

      Seriously! Nobody asked for Vita Pets or Putty Squad and those get a physical release. But a major release from Sony Japan doesn’t?! In the words of AVGN “What were they thinking!?”

      • Dede Ogbe

        Like i said. It’s what annoying me about this whole damn situation. ‘Sure we’ll make a game about dogs, that no one asked for and yeah lets make them talk as well! Because that’s a brilliant idea!’ Freedom Wars ‘Nah we don’t need to dub it, we’ll smack some english subs and be done with it. Physical release for a potentially major game. PLEASE!’

        • persona_yuji

          It makes me worry that if someday Gravity Rush 2 comes to the Vita they’ll also make it digital only.

          • Dede Ogbe

            well the original gravity rush was supposed to be digital only for Europe so it wouldn’t surprise me tbh

  • AlphaSixNine

    That’s a bummer. D:

    Luckily for me, US is getting physical, says US PS blog

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/30/freedom-wars-new-details-on-ps-vitas-upcoming-action-rpg/#comment-998628

  • Sentsuizan_93

    As long as it isn’t so harsh on the memory, I may not mind it as much. What I don’t understand is why they decided this out of the blue…

  • Namuro

    Maybe…this is a plan by Sony to get consumers to buy more memory cards…?

    • nonscpo

      That’s what ive been thinking for awhile.

  • Razzlero

    I think it’s a bad sign if things to come when even sony are releasing one of their bigger first party titles as download only…

    The joys of being a european gamer. With few exceptions we get everything either last, digital only or not at all. Then we get everything more expensive.

    • James Robert Thompson

      It’s weirder still that it’s on the Vita which sells better in Europe than in America…

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Another digital download, another game I wont buy then…disappointing because I was kinda excited for this game…

    • nonscpo

      I felt the exact way about Soul Sacrifice Delta.

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    Praise the gods NA is getting physical, but i feel bad for Europe, well whatever though sometimes we get the short end of the stick as well.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Well Europe, I think this is a product of the Xbox and PC being the higher among your continent.
    Jokes/facts aside, that is horrible as I personally love physical games since I am a collector.

    • Masa

      Playstation is more popular in Europe than America…..

    • persona_yuji

      Xbox more popular Europe? Just no… That’s like saying that Nintendo was bigger in Europe rather than Sega in the 80′s, 90′s.

    • Jadfish

      europe is sony land as far as I know. Me and everyone I know grew up on playstation (and PC)

    • http://k-hermann.deviantart.com/?rnrd airman4

      japan and europe are sony ‘s land ( a bit less japan cause nintendo but still )

  • xXDGFXx

    Tecmo releases digital only Atelier series for Vita, everyone praises them. Sony? Lets chuck rocks at them.

    • http://nichegamer.net/ bf313

      Completely different situation, totally different games.

      • xXDGFXx

        No, not really. Except the different games part.

        • James Williams

          Atelier games have always been niche, freedom wars has been touted as the saving grace of the vita and were not given a physical copy of it, it’s disgusting.
          Also it’s 1st party, how daft is that?

        • Dede Ogbe

          ok come on. They give games like Putty Squad and Vita Pets a physical release. Hell they’re even giving a decade old game a physical re-release on vita. Yet they can’t be bothered to do one for one of the biggest exclusives on the system this year? that’s complete bull.

        • Afternoon Intergalactic

          The Atelier games appeal to a narrower market than high profile releases such as this, which is why many are glad that they are being brought to Europe at all. That probably explains the difference in reception.

          • Herok♞

            Actually I would still say this applies to a pretty niche market, most people in the west haven’t played hunting games so this is niche as well in a way

    • Raztune

      Sure let’s compare 1st party companies with niche 3rd party companies, that makes so much sense!!!

    • AlphaSixNine

      Pretty sure Atelier fans “throw chunk of rocks” at KT too for STILL not releasing physical on Vita. You can see it every time KT announced Vita Atelier games as Digital-only. You can see it on various forums and on their social media outlets.

      However, a lot of us fans still support the release and are still happy we are getting the games because we absolutely want it. That doesn’t mean however we like what KT is doing to the series on Vita. All we can really do is keep telling them over and over that we don’t like Digital-only, because despite our love for the franchise we know it’s a niche series and is a much riskier to release physical. KT is also a vastly smaller company compared to Sony. We can see an acceptable reason as to why they won’t do it but at the same time we tell them that their niche fans want a physical release. Hopefully one day they’ll listen.

      Freedom Wars is in much different position than Atelier games. The game is a 1st party title by Sony themselves and it doesn’t fall under the niche category. They clearly have the capability to do it so people are more frustrated.

  • Prinnydoom

    Either way I am just glad we’re getting this.

    • Alex Sargeant

      Agreed. As long as it is £30 I have absolutely no complaints. Outside of the initial pricing in the EU I don’t really fault Sony’s digital stuff, particularly with the Vita.

      And they have sales! Which are decent! That’s pretty rare in the console market.

  • MaidKillua

    Time for a used import. Fuck this shit

  • Siery

    Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
    Europe gets screwed over most of the time with digital only crap.
    It’s not that I mind, because I like having a couple of games on my vita while I’m on the road, but still, I prefer physical copies as well.
    But meh, still getting it, because it looks neat and will also get a 64GB memory card, just because there are too many digital only games…

  • Akashi

    kay, time to import from murica i guess. Still, this is a pointless move made to a game that basically could’ve saved Vita sales in Europes, at least in terms of physical copies.

  • ZnTxn

    Just in case, I need to buy a bigger memory card :(

  • michel

    I made a comment on the EU playstation blog in the hope that Sony changes its mind…
    I know that it’s a desperate effort, but if we all log in and makes our voices heard, perhaps Sony will think about it. I just suggest that you be strong, but respectful. Insulting and being harsh will bring us nothing…

    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/06/30/new-freedom-wars-trailer-offers-story-details/

  • SirRichard

    A good thing the Vita’s region-free, then. Really disappointed in this, honestly, it smacks of a lack of faith.

    • ishyg

      Problem is that the DLC content is not region-free, so if you import the US physical copy, you have to use a US PSN to get or buy the DLCs.

      • Wappuli

        It’s account-locked, there’s a difference.
        You can still use an US-account and DLC from there on EU-console so it is region-free.

        • ishyg

          Hmm regardless of the terms used I think my argument still stands. I remember having a PS3 game from EU (I think it was a Naruto game), and I downloaded the DLC from the US PSN only to have it not work. Some games have DLCs that aren’t region-locked, but for most of them I think the former applies. On the Vita, it’s much worse since, as you said, it’s account-locked, so you have to switch to a different memory card or restore your current one.

          • Wappuli

            Nope, it’s still region-free, as DLC from any region PSN will work in a PS3 from any other region.
            But yes, if you want DLC for a game, then it’ll need to be from the same region as the game, I always thought that this much would be common sense.

          • ishyg

            “But yes, if you want DLC for a game, then it’ll need to be from the same region as the game, I always thought that this much would be common sense.”

            This is what I’m saying. In a sense, the DLC is “region-locked” to the same region of the game. But there are games where the DLC worked for any region the main game was released, so it’s still in a case-to-case basis.

  • Hagaren

    Why. Why do they keep doing this? Did Europe do something wrong?

    • Postnjam

      Europe was being an asshole at a party with all the other continents so now everyone hates him.

    • darke

      Europe doesn’t buy the game in Europe since they’re so expensive they just import the US copies; thus there’s less incentive to release a physical copy in Europe because europeans will just import the US copy anyway since it’s less expensive?

      • British_Otaku

        This is a cycle that I think Ace Attorney fans are partly responsible for driving themselves into (AA5 should have been retail, but people who didn’t play it as it was digital only implied that any future instalment will sell the same or less).

        I’m not sure if it applies here. Importers are incredibly small numbers in any region, we can’t import 3DS games at all at least not with the ease that the PS3 or Vita (somewhat).

        I don’t think that expected sales are the reason for the call as insane as that feels to type down. There isn’t a more hyped Vita game and dampening their sales when people feel so strongly about physical versus digital and memory card space is maddening.

        • darke

          If we were talking about AAA titles I agree; but in niche titles I don’t think it’s a very small number. Every console gamer I know in Australia (which granted is few, most of them are PC gamers) buys most of their games online from either the EU or US stores. The AAA titles they grab locally because that way they can play with their friends now, rather then waiting a week for it to get here, or not be able to play with their friend at all due to different servers for US or whatever.

          Especially for the more ‘unique’ titles, niche JRPGs, hunter games, and so on; I can imagine a significant number of people are fully aware of the prices, release dates and so forth because they follow the translator’s forums, or gaming forums specialising in stuff like this.

          And anyway, for me the only real ‘proof’ I need is that the companies are doing it for some games, and not others. It’s not entirely random, and companies generally don’t want to just leave money on the table; there must be some research and experience there that causes them to go “let’s not make physical release for this title, but not another”. I would expect that simply the cost in manufacturing and returns is greater then the additional sales.

  • Raztune

    For fucks sakes this is getting ridiculous.

  • Lemski07

    my 64 gb card is reserved for iso/cso’s lol

  • Jadfish

    DANGAN FUCKING RONPA got released physically over here!
    why on EARTH can a FIRST PARTY game not get a physical release!?

    EDIT: are there any details on some upcoming DLC for the game? I am tempted to import a physical US version of the game, but I did that with Muramasa and look at all that cool DLC I can’t play

    • British_Otaku

      Virtue’s Last Reward was retail and digital in every region, I can’t remember the publisher for Europe and America were, but they did us a major solid.

      With an full English and Japanese dub for America (not Europe which got Japanese only but still).

      • Armane

        VLR was English only in the US.

        • British_Otaku

          Really? >_> I assume it was dual and as they clearly had no problem with English rights for America and Japanese rights for Europe or whatever.

          I guess I always needed to get two copies of the game.

          • Armane

            The English dub is awful, so I wouldn’t bother buying two copies.

          • British_Otaku

            The subtitles we got were based on the dub and there is a missing line which wasn’t subtitled on top of the cast for the English dub being pretty interesting. I think it is worth a look, just because it is already a game I like and I might even be able to grab it for nothing with all of times it has gone free on PS+.

        • ishyg

          Hmmm I have the US copy (from PS+) and I do believe I was playing with the Japanese dub. I’ll reconfirm it.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Didn’t Danganronpa also have an English dub?

    • neofuji

      because different companies have different criteria for these things. NIS (the publisher of Danganronpa outside Japan) usually does a physical release everywhere presumably because they’re a small publisher releasing niche games and a small physical print run is still worth it for them.

      Sony on the other hand is prob looking for a huge return on any game they publish physically and they’ve done the maths and decided that knocking out a few copies of Freedom Wars for a modest profit isn’t worth it when they could be focusing their resources on PS4 games or something.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I find it funny that people feel like digital only is a kick in a balls.You know what importing and not buying will get you? More digital only or no games at all.

    • Jadfish

      And you know what buying digital games only will get you? digital games and nothing else.

      • Sentsuizan_93

        Wait…
        Buying digital = digital and nothing else?
        WAT?
        Project Diva f 2nd would like to have a word with you.

      • Nix da

        So you have rather none game at all ?

    • shuyai

      i will kindly explain why is it a kick in the ball

      1. no sale or discount(till the end of time)

      2.consistently more expensive than physical copy(many games selling £15 or less on amazon is still 39.99 on sony network)

      3. no trade in

      4. need to download and take up memory card space(and they are expensive as fuck)

      5. no pre order bonuses like art book

      6.lastly no FUCKING PHYSICAL COPY

      of cause digital is better than no game at all and i understand if this is some niche or small game like Mind zero or conception but this is different especially when this is a 1st party major game release and America get physical copy. it is almost racist

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        1.When have there never been sales for Digital things?

        2.Since when? Digital has always either been cheaper or the same or is that europe exclusive thing?

        3.So?

        4. Make room and buy the cheapest one

        5.They can have digital exclusive content though.

        6.And?

        Racist is going way to far there and it’s isn’t as big of deal as your making it out to be.

        • shuyai

          1.Sony network doesnt, the “Knockout sale” they call it are only for Fossilised game and crapware game and even that is only discount of under £1 typically £0.5

          2. i dont know about US but in UK it is almost alway same price but never cheaper only more expensive . eg sniper elite(ps3) just out Digital is £30, physical is £25. new Transformer ps3 £49.99 vs £36. like i said many game under £15 is still full price £39.99 on sony network

          3.so people that are not rich and people who found out they dont like the game can sell it back to recoup part of the cost

          4.the cheapest one 4gig work out the most expensive per gig, the bigger one obviously cost more money. poor people like me have to select game to delete to make room which is a pain in the ass because you have to download it again if you suddenly want to play it again.

          5.Physical copy have both artbooks and digital exclusive

          6.First it is nice to just have a physical copy, like books it is always nicer to just buy a physical copy and put it in a bookshelf than just buy it on kindle. second you can alway pick it up anytime and play without having to redownload. third who can say a decade or 2 later it will still be there when you suddenly want to play? can you guarantee your account wont get hack or forgotten? or that it would be pull offline for what ever reason like persona area in europ? or that sony will keep those game on their server forever?

          Racist thing is just a joke

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            1. It’s a vita game and I know full well that all games get cycled through deals and sales.

            2. Is that counting used copies because I wasn’t.

            3.You don’t need to be rich to buy something that’s 20 dollars.Which is an 8 gb btw.

            4.I don’t know how simply waiting for a download is a pain in the ass but ok. Unless you only get kb a minute but that’s your problem.

            5. Are we talking about in general digital vs physical or just this game?

            6.I like having physical copies of things just because, but I live with children so I know that’s not always the smartest thing. I also like not having the fear of easily losing it beyond a possible cyber attack, cause I mean that only happened once before and it didn’t effect my downloads on psn I mean. I think the possibility of losing the physical copy is a lot more annoying then having to do something else while you wait for your game to download.How many other games have they done that for should be what your looking for. And they won’t keep it on forever but you aren’t going to be playing the game forever so.

          • Armane

            1. The deals are never better than the deals for physical copies.

            2. No. In the UK at least, PSN games are priced at the European RRP, which is above the local RRP, so it is always a rip-off.

            3. It might be $20 in America, but it’s $35 over here.

            4. That’s the point, it is our problem, so if you can’t see the issue then that’s irrelevant.

            5. Does it matter? Digital is an inferior product sold for the price of a normal product. It’s excusable when it’s some niche game that won’t sell beyond a few hundred thousand units, but when it’s one of the only first party exclusives releasing this year, that’s a problem.

            6. If I buy a physical copy I will be able to keep it forever. I’ll also always be able to buy it. Can’t say the same for digital games, hell, I already can’t buy Outrun XBLA and UMvC3.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            1-5 just because Europe doesn’t know how to handle it’s digital situations properly doesn’t mean digital is inferior.
            6.If you buy it digitally you’ll be able to keep it forever with a higher chance of not losing it.

          • Armane

            1-5 I’m just pointing out why it’s a bigger deal in Europe than it would be in the US; hence why people are annoyed about it.

            6 Sounds like a personal problem.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I don’t see how.

          • Lastlight

            Dude
            I can get Assassin’s creed for like 10$ physical
            But on the PSN its still over 20$
            And what if I don’t want it and want to sell it…oh yeah… I can’t…cause…its..digital

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Then delete it’s simply as that.
            Again I don’t count used sales because that’s user run.

          • Lastlight

            So I can’t get my money back….
            Like for example I got Toukiden on release day 40$ played a little didn’t like it
            Sold it go 30$ and was able to get a new game.
            You cannot do that with a digital copy.
            And that 10$ AC3 liberation isn’t used…

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            You can’t get back your full money anyways. If you don’t like it anymore just delete it, it’s as simple as that.

          • Lastlight

            The hell is wrong with you….
            I’m still getting money whether its full or not
            With digital you don’t get squat….

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            You don’t get as much as you spent and sometimes it’s way lower then what you payed for.
            You may not get anything back with digital but getting a few back for a game you didn’t isn’t really all that worth while for me.

          • Lastlight

            Vita and DS yeah I might understand
            But for anything else how the hell do you loose a physical copy.
            You have to be careless….when your done put it back in the case and put the case somewhere you can find it later…
            You have kids easy put it on a high place where they cannot reach it

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Wait how would you understand it for only them? Cds get lost just as much as those small things do and people could steal them. They’d probably go after them a lot more then they would a ds game.

            If you don’t have kids then you’d understand that no place is too high of a reach.

            Digital is more reliable but I do have something physical, it just isn’t in the cards to have more of that then digital at the moment.

          • Wappuli

            Prices are pretty much like that in the US too.
            Most of the time, even after the shipping cost too, importing a physical disc from the US has been cheaper than the digital version from the US-PSN.

          • darke

            “1.Sony network doesnt, the “Knockout sale” they call it are only for Fossilised game and crapware game and even that is only discount of under £1 typically £0.5″

            I just bought Ragnarok Oddsey Ace for half price, last week I bought Deception IV for half price; both of these are, what, 3 or 4 months old? There were probably a few other games there that I could have bought as well, but I had no interest in them.

            Would you like to revise your statement so that it’s a least slightly correct?

            And no, using the “EU” excuse won’t work since I’ve got both a EU and US account; and I do know there’s a huge “big in japan” sale going on in Europe with a bunch of 2014-released JRPGs going for around half off as well.

        • shadowind

          Are you like for real? So you actually think it’s ok for a major first-party game to be download-only in a major region like Europe?

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I think it’s ok for any game to download only if that’s all they can manage.

    • Ninten

      It’s a kick in the balls if you buy something digitally, play it for a few hours and then realize it’s not a game that you are going to enjoy for long and you are stuck with it.

      This upcoming digital future really needs to go away. It might be cheaper, but the majority of gamers don’t want it.

      • Dede Ogbe

        Valhalla Knights 3 was that game for me. Within ten minutes i was like ‘Awww Shit’

        • darke

          I’ve got a physical copy and it sells for, like $5 if that. It’s not even worth me dragging it down to the store if I don’t like it unless I’m going to trade a bunch of games in at once. So where does buying a physical version get me other then inconvenience? Since I don’t see myself getting the $30 back I bought it for.

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Which is why you research a game if you don’t know what you are getting into.

        • Ninten

          Even if you put some research into a game before buying, what happens then if you don’t like it even with all the research beforehand? You can NEVER know that.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        I’m not sure how you’d be stuck,just delete the game.

        • Ninten

          Stuck as in you can’t sell it afterwards if you don’t like, meaning you pretty much threw out money out of the window. It’s no rocket science, really.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Well tough titties,do none of you download pc games or do pc gaming at all?

      • Silent Aaron

        Digital might be cheaper for publishers, but the games cost more to buy digital rather than physical versions.

    • Wappuli

      What will importing give me?
      Well it’ll give me a physical version of the game. ¬‿¬

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Yeah but the digital version gives you instant access and no extra packaging.

        • Wappuli

          Seems that you missed the point, but whatever.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Not really

        • Silent Aaron

          The reason I buy physical is FOR the packaging…

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            And the reason you should buy this is to?Play the game.

  • John Pena

    Looks like SCEE are really pushing everyone to go Digital, no matter I will just import it from the states! I refuse to purchase digital!

    • NuclearDucky .

      Sticking it to the man.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      You do realize you are killing business locally when you guys do that right?

      • amanojaku8

        Actually, there is no “local” loss. It is a first party game being sold digitally.

        They made the decision to provide the service as is, we as consumers can (and in my opinion should) vote with our feet.

  • Tyler Beale

    Okay, I’m getting tired of seeing all of this whining for a “digital only” release in Europe. Because you know what? You should be lucky you’re even getting this and this game at all.

    In other words: Grow up.

    We’ve had our share of digital-only releases (Atelier series, Hatsune Miku, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, Sword Art Online, DBZ:BoZ, Tales of Hearts R). I don’t remember complaining about a single one of them. Because I’m just glad to even be able to play them. In English.

    Also don’t forget that those publishers have to localize in like 5 different languages in PAL territories, which only costs more money. Trying to produce physical game cards will cost even more.

    • James Williams

      All those game are 3rd party though, which is understandable as small teams can’t always produce physical copies. This is a 1st party game and the biggest release for the VIta in some time and they can’t even offer us a physical copy of it.

      • Tyler Beale

        I know, but I’m just speaking to the recent complaints of EU getting digital-only games in general.

        (Aaaaand Sony has officially failed on the Vita.)

    • persona_yuji

      I’m sorry, but I must draw the line when it come to 1st party games.

    • Dede Ogbe

      Just about every game you mentioned on there is a niche third party title. Anyone would’ve expected them to be digital only. But when a FIRST PARTY game does it for a major exclusive for a system. Proably the biggest one this year, there’s a problem. You talk about money, but that doesn’t seem to stop the from spewing bad ports of decade old games for retail releases. Not to mention the god awful games like Vita Dogs. It’s great your getting the game in the US physically but please don’t tell us to not call bullshit when we see it. Pretty sure the story would be different if the treatment was reversed.

    • AlphaSixNine

      People deserve to complain about not getting the choice they want. Especially when you know that choice can obviously be offered. The fact that Freedom Wars is a 1st party game AND is getting a physical release on other regions shows the move is most likely either Sony trying to push digital on the people who doesn’t want them or a simple money-grabbing move. Whatever their reasons is, it doesn’t look justified.

      There’s nothing wrong with airing your grievances over what you believe is a company’s bad move. People settling and just accepting whatever a company gives will improve nothing for anyone. Companies can learn more about their audience this way. Hurling insults or extreme measures is where I draw the line however, and so far I haven’t really seen one.

      • darke

        “People deserve to complain about not getting the choice they want.”

        So I’m allowed to bitch loud and long and repeatedly about games being released with an English-only dub? No? Because it’s against the forum rules?

        People complaining continually about English-only dub releases led to that rule being in place; keep whining at 110% volume and the same thing will happen to complaints about digital-only releases.

        He’s complaining about the sheer forum spam resulting from it, not that people have the right to complain; have you seen the other Freedom War threads? It’s all through them being disruptive of the conversation; at least this thread it’s on topic though.

        • AlphaSixNine

          I’d appreciate it if you finished reading my comment until the end. I know it looks long, but it’s not THAT long. Overdoing it falls under “extreme measures”.

          Of course, I admit I never really look anywhere else that much so I don’t see people overdoing it. As far as I saw. It looks like people are simply putting their thoughts and what they feel on the matter. And I feel that much is acceptable.

    • Maria Garcia

      id rather buy the japanese version than a digital only title game

    • Nix da

      No youre Right i have rather a Digital copy than fucking NONE ! I dont have one single physical game for the vita. Iam fine with it.

    • Neppygear

      Not that it’s super important, but Tales of Hearts isn’t digital-only anywhere.

      • Tyler Beale

        I know, but it being a GameStop exclusive (in the States) means that there won’t be a lot of physical copies available, much like Xenoblade Chronicles and Hatsune Miku (PS3). That means gamers (again, in the States) will probably not be able to buy physical copies if they don’t preorder.

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Is ‘we’ North America, when you refer to the digital releases? The Vita versions of the Atelier series, Project Diva f, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster and Sword Art Online are digital only in Europe as well, aren’t they (and ToHR is being released physically in both regions, as you mentioned)? I’m pretty sure it’s actually the same. ^_^

      Anyway, I’ve never complained about a digital only release, either. I’m sad when a game with significant DLC doesn’t get released in my region, but not when it gets some form of release.

    • shadowind

      Maybe people like YOU should grow up? As I said in a previous post here, I’m sure you’d feel the same if things were different in North America, and to be honest, us EU gamers have every damn right to be pissed off about the whole thing…

  • CozyAndWarm

    Isn’t this basically Sony’s biggest first-party Vita release since Gravity Rush? That’s not a good sign of how SCEE feels about the system if they’re doing this…

    • Tyler Beale

      Sony has basically given up on the Vita outside Japan. Japanese-only dub and this, among a lot of other things, proves it.

  • CycloneFox

    I’m really disappointed about this. Please give me a physical release of your most important vita game this year, Sony.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Just import the American version then. I’m doing that for Yakuza 5.

    • Federico

      But it hasn’t been released outside of japan, or even a date announced :(

    • Detrimont

      unless your psn was american though, you wouldn’t be able to get the dlc

  • Michael Richardson

    If this were Atlus or some other third party that was uncertain about the viability of their game making a profit as a physical release, I’d say bite the bullet and support the release to show that there is a market for such games in Europe. But a big first-party release? I’d import it out of principle.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      All I can do now is fear for Persona 5 being digital-only for the West.

      • Akashi

        Oh god no.. just imagine the shitstorm that it would get if this was happening.

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          You have NO idea. AAA publishers are PUSHING for a digital-only future.

          Drakengard 3 was FREAKING 17.5GB and my wi-fi limit is 40GB per month… and I live in the countryside, which is better than a city but that probably means internet is a bit slower where I am.

      • Neppygear

        Actually really likely, seeing as how Atlus are beginning to self-publish more and more of their games digitally. P5 probably won’t be region-locked, though, so that’s a relatively easy import.

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          We don’t want another Persona 4 Arena in terms of region-lock.

  • http://thomasgeraghty.wordpress.com/ johnnycbadde

    UGH

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    This is very bizarre.
    My condolences to Europe; I don’t see any reason for this.

  • Virevolte

    Damned… I don’t have anymore room on my memory card.

  • JMaster3000

    Yay!
    >imports

  • tubers

    Damn. Feel sorry about the EU folks who prefers this as a physical release.

  • British_Otaku

    Well, that reduces my incentive to buy a Vita any time soon. >_>
    I hope Shinovi Versus is retail, then I’ll have that sitting on a shelve for a while before I get a cheaper system.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      The price hasn’t reduced for you guys yet? Ours finally went down to 199.99 a while ago.

      • British_Otaku

        It isn’t so much that there hasn’t been a price drop as much as I would definitely buy the system when I see a cheap system, there is a major release (Shinovi Versus, Persona 4, Gravity Rush and so on are on the radar, but not high priority when I have other games to play which are similar) and happen to have money.a

        £130 (New – Wifi) isn’t that cheap especially with the memory cards to worry about, but I just get put off when I see a bad move. >_>

    • James Reilly

      Shinovi Versus will have a limited physical run if you order quick, but not sure for EU

  • Herok♞

    I know people are unhappy about digital only, but Freedom Wars is still a pretty niche title regardless of the fact that it is a First Party Title, after all Soul Sacrifice Delta was first party and digital only. I think this is more because the west doesn’t feel that hunting games like Freedom Wars are a big deal for the west. After all the US version is already being sold at budget price for one, so basically in this situation I think you guys are assuming that Sony has more faith in the game then they do.

    • persona_yuji

      But SS Delta was a 1.5 expansion, not a sequel.

      • MaximDualBlade

        Have you played delta?

        • persona_yuji

          Yes, I have.

          • MaximDualBlade

            its not just an expansion man.

  • revenent hell

    Ok so….

    I saw this coming.

    Not to rub salt in or anything but for those who haven’t noticed the “digital” trend going on for Europe with games obviously don’t think about things often.

    I still think its rather shitty but it has appeared to me as of late that most publishers think its quite a delightful idea to just release games digitally there.
    Apparently the trend is working for them….. or they think as much at any rate.

    • Gregor

      It wouldn’t even be that big of a problem (at least for me, I find digital handy in some ways) if they were priced accordingly, like what happens on PC… I’m browsing my PS Store right now, there are games sold at 70 euros (95 dollars), for god’s sake…

      • revenent hell

        Actually that in itself is what makes me irate for the people there.

        It’s rather disgusting in my opinion.

        • shadowind

          It’s why I’m buying Monster Monpiece from the US PSN Store as it’s a lot cheaper than buying it from the EU Store.

          • Alestaos

            €29.99 MMonpiece was when i bought it

          • shadowind

            I checked the US PSN price a while back and when converted from US Dollars to UK Pounds, the price was just under £18.00 if memory serves me correctly.

          • revenent hell

            It’s kind of like Europe is the test subject to see if they can get away with DD only games and charging full price for them.

            Now before people go tirading against me I am not opposed to DD games being over twenty bucks or whatever, I just get irate at them being priced for what one would normally get a physical media like a disc or card or whatever the hell is in a nice holder. If it’s cheaper for them because of the lack of physical stuffs it should be cheaper for all

          • shadowind

            I only buy DD games when they’re on special offer like Murasama Rebirth or the Mass Effect games or Assassin’s Creed II or the US version of Battle of Z.

      • darke

        Which is why I migrated to a US account. :( Digital US release half the price of the AU physical? Sounds fine to me!

      • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

        FUUUUUCK. I feel for you poor bastards…..that some shit….

  • Ash_Riot

    First SMT4 and now THIS?! Are handhelds dead in Europe, or something?

    • Freud_Hater

      Don’t forget Drakengard 3. I’m from Canada so this doesn’t affect me, but I can sympathize :/

      • Ash_Riot

        Yeah, Drakengard 3 burned pretty hard, but at least I could import that (which I did). Freedom Wars is going to be locked to some sort of sign in feature or something and SMT4 is region locked.

        • Kotori Itsuka

          Eu version of drakengard 3= jap voice dlc not working….ever…

          • British_Otaku

            How much do we have to pay for Japanese voice DLC and why doesn’t it work for us?

            I can get behind a dual audio release, but find how some Square Enix games make us have to go and download the voices really weird, especially as most dual audio games including their own library have it on the disc/cart from the get go.

      • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

        Yeah I skipped Drakengard 3 because it was digital only

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I think it’s more that Japanese games just tend to perform poorly in Europe in general. Even in the case of games like Fire Emblem and Bravely Default, which were pretty big hits in the US, in Europe, they barely charted in their opening weeks.

      • Ash_Riot

        Yeah. I also think the Vita itself must have sold worse in Europe; even Gravity Rush (another Sony Japan developed game) was originally going to be digital only in Europe and that was at the start of the Vita’s life. Such a damn shame, Vita is such a good system.

      • cgkt55

        Bravely Default and Fire Emblem were sold out and needed a second print here in europe. I don’t know why you’re saying this. And Vita sells generally better in europe than in US. Additionaly many games, especially niche games, aren’t even localised in multi 5 languages here. And I guess Freedom Wars is no exception.

        • shadowind

          I can verify this with Bravely Default as the Collector’s Edition sold out pretty fast and I should know as I’m the proud owner of one! ^_^

      • Prinnydoom

        I can vouch for that. UK is full of people who are way more into FPS’s than anything else. Its the triple A titles that always sell best. But then what can you do about such a niche market as this one. Its sad yeah, no physical release, but its like people are spoiled cats or something even when developers take a leap of faith and offer a game like freedom wars people turn it away because its not a psychical release.

        You want physical releases? Deal with the hand you dealt and support developers. Don’t bite their hands off because its not an optimum situation.

      • Alestaos

        Thats a false statement to make tbh since as stated before Bravely Default and Fire Emblem did need a second print here. And the vita games and itself do sell overal better in EU than in NA. Also its very easy to port to NA since they mostly only do English language. Where as we usually have to have the typical German French Spanish etc, though even now there are games that are only in English released in EU. So if your only releasing it in English in EU and have released it in NA already with a physical copy, why cant they in EU?

        SMTIV you guys have had for ages and we are only just getting it now so you also gotta take into effect that EU have to import games that have no release window. Since NA mostly get it first. Alot of people on here are very anti EU sometimes its annoying. Case i point when we hot a release date for the Surge game everyone from NA complained and moaned cause they didnt have theres right away..so one sided with the “deal with it” business we get as well.

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          You made the following comment: “And the vita games and itself do sell overal better in EU than in NA.”

          We have no proof of this whatsoever, and frankly, I highly doubt this statement, given what a volatile market Europe as a whole can be.

          On the subject of Bravely Default and Fire Emblem… I’m talking about in comparison to other territories. Yes, they may have required additional prints, but keep in mind that these are two of the biggest Japanese RPGs released in the last five years. If they didn’t require a second print, that would have constituted a rather shameful performance.

          Freedom Wars, in comparison, is nowhere on the radar. Barely anyone knows about it, barely anyone is talking about it, outside of the niche of Vita owners that are hungry for more games. It isn’t going to get the kind of heavy-duty exposure that Fire Emblem and Bravely Default got. Or even Monster Hunter—a game in the same genre—for that matter.

          It makes sense for SCEE to do Freedom Wars digitally. Retailers don’t take kindly to these games unless they’re confident they’re going to be moving a certain number of copies. With FE and BD and MH, they have that assurance to some degree and are willing to stock them, but even then, those games don’t do as well as they could, just because Europe is such a different market.

          • shadowind

            I’m sorry, but I must respectfully say that’s utter bullshit! How do you know that this game wouldn’t do well in the region if it had a physical release over here?

          • Alestaos

            I like your style lol And i do agree :)

          • shadowind

            Thanks for the compliment, and for agreeing with me as well, my friend! ^_^

      • shadowind

        Tell me you’re joking, right? As a EU gamer myself, I find that to be a insult especially as certain games from japan tend to do better sales-wise and get better reviews here than in your part of the world.

        • Alestaos

          Agreed, case in point Tales of Games recieved more promotion where i live, as well as got very good scores. As did some nicher games like Mugen Souls, Trigger Happy, etc.

      • Go2hell66

        Ni no kuni did pretty well

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Ni no Kuni is an outlier. It’s like saying JRPGs are mainstream because Pokémon sells 8 milion copies.

    • darke

      It’s that the games are stupid-expensive in Europe, and the Vita is region free so a lot of people import from the US. Thus lower sales of the physical releases resulting in them being insufficiently profitable. So… digital releases for everyone!

    • Alestaos

      There very much alive, at least according to our Game Charts, and my local GAME stores sales (they have sold mostly 3DS/Vita games this year, and last), which they proudly put up in the store.

  • God

    Let the bitching begin…

  • Phelan
  • awang0718

    It’s not like this game was going to be a hit in Europe anyways, so…

    • persona_yuji

      But Putty Squad was?

    • Zoozbuh

      How could you possibly know that? They’re not even TRYING to give it a chance at good sales or raise awareness of the game… I know we can import games from the US if we want, but why is this happening for EVERY Vita game I’m interested in lately?

      • Alestaos

        I know what you mean, but i dont want to import games from US. I liked supporting the European branches to show my support, however all the digital is annoying. No-one is trying with EU

    • shadowind

      And your point is…

    • Nazar

      And In US it will be a big hit? Get the fuck out of here.

    • Alestaos

      This is an idiotic comment. How do you even know if it was going to be a hit or not? Could be a sleeper hit could also be an instant hit, thing is they would get more market approach via Physical. However it could be a hit for EU and burn badly in NA. Its not out yet, and you seem to not have a clue about the EU market…

  • Samuel

    Why all the whine? I thought that all that matters is that your gonna get to play your game.

    • shadowind

      In case you hadn’t noticed, O Snarky One, the reason why a lot of us EU gamers are pissed off is because we would have loved to have had the option to choose between a physical release or a download release, and if it turns out that the NA physical version gets a Collector’s Edition as well, then that’s really going to piss us off big time! I’m sure you’d be complaining yourself if the situation was reversed, am I right?

      • Samuel

        Eh,not really. All that matters to me that I get to play the game I want. Sorry,never thought people really care about that stuff.

        • shadowind

          As you now know from all the posts posted on here by other European gamers pissed off by SCEE’s dumbass decision, we do care about this sort of thing!

  • Kornelious

    Jeez, you guys just can’t win can you :(

    The only thing I can name off the top of my head that Europe had was a physical version of Senran Kagura (And because of 3DS region locking, it couldn’t be imported) Which wouldn’t be to bad if ir wasn’t for the HOLOGRAPHIC POSTER! DX

    ………(Ahem) But that’s about it. I don’t see why we just can’t all get the same versions of games :(

    • RedFayt

      At least EU got DWG Reborn. :/ I wanted a US physical release.

      • eilegz

        and now we all share the hate for DIGITAL ONLY release…

  • Istillduno

    Looks like Sony of Europe don’t get my money then, disgusting.

  • Kotori Itsuka

    I kinda expected this to happen. I wonder if the voice thingie will be in the eu version, cuz it was funny when the female com voice called my name, and I was messing around with different words just to make it say unko and stuff.

    Um…just wondering: I lost my 16GB mem card with a lot of progress on p4 golden, and now I’m using a 4gb that came with the vita instead. Is it possible to transfer the save data to a new mem card if I use the same psn as the 4gb?

    • darke

      You can backup the card to a PC/PS3 and then restore it to a completely different card, yes. I just migrated from a 32GB to a 64GB card when I got a new 2000 vita.

      • Kotori Itsuka

        Holy f, yes!!! Thank you for your answer my good sir….wait, there are 64gb? I thought ps vita only had up to 32.

        • darke

          64GB is an import-from-Japan at the moment. Play-Asia or ebay or the like will get you one.

          it’s better value on a per-GB basis, but I still honestly think that a 32GB one is enough for most people; I’m digital-only and I’m still using under the 32GB limit.

          If you backup the digital games you’re finished playing to your PC/PS3, it backups up the saves as well so you can just transfer them off and on as needed; if you’ve got PS+ you can just set them to backup to the cloud instead. I think the only people who will be particularly limited are the ones who want the three Atelier games on the system at once. :)

  • Zoozbuh

    OF COURSE IT IS!!! This is getting REALLY frustrating now. I mean isn’t this a SoE game… Surely they should be supporting their OWN console by providing retail releases + more chance of higher sales and awareness. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Why is this happening with every Japanese game lately?

  • Neppygear

    This nonsense again. Online pass means I’m skipping this game entirely.

    • Dkmariolink

      You would really skip one of the few hyped Vita games just because of that?

      Grow up and stop boycotting these types of games just because they don’t get a physical release.

      • shadowind

        Yes we would boycott it or import it from another English-speaking region if we want it that bad. I know that a lot of Yanks do the same when it comes to EU physical releases of certain games such as the PS3 Saint Seiya games, Gundam Reborn, Senran Kagura Burst, etc.

        • Dkmariolink

          And stop calling us Yanks. We are not all from New York, believe it or not.

          • shadowind

            I never knew it was a crime to call Americans “Yanks” regardless of which part of the country they come from; whether it’s Alaska or New York State…

            And I’ll stop calling you Yanks “Yanks” when you stop calling us British people “Brits”! /sarcasm

          • Dkmariolink

            I didn’t call you Brits, I said PAL region.

      • Neppygear

        I’m not “boycotting” anything. I’m just not going to buy this game because SCEE thought it’d be an amazing idea to give us an overpriced download as our only option, while others get it physically. That’s not a business practice I will ever support, regardless of the game in question.

        • Dkmariolink

          Isn’t the game digital only STILL 30 dollars/ PAL equivalent? Its already at a lower price than normal Vita titles…

          • Neppygear

            PAL prices are usually much higher, especially digitally. If anything, it’ll be more like $60.

    • Callonia

      They did it to me for the first agarest record of war…. Guess what I did? I Rageimported the physical copy from australia to usa :D

      • darke

        That’s got to be the first time someone’s actually willingly paid the Australia-tax on a game and been happy about it. O.O

        • Callonia

          Well i bought mine off Ebay if i remember right and I didn’t pay much attention to the price.. XD

    • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

      Dont blame you

    • eilegz

      waiting for free at plus i guess…

  • Alestaos

    Okay im just gonna say it, this is really starting to piss me off. I get thats it cheaper for the publisher but its also lazy, yes im glad that the game is coming over here. But heck the PSVita memory cards are not cheap where i live in the EU. I understand digital release for games like Monster Monpiece since thats a niche.

    But no way for a game like Freedom Wars that already has a strong following and is guranteed to sell. They properly would of sold more if it was boxed cause of those spur of the moment buys/recommendations/Gamestore browsing etc. And if everything else failed they could of atleast put something like “Buy direct from us and for a couple euro more you can have the game boxed”.

    I was really looking forward to this but this has lowered it :/

    • Shady Shariest

      It isn’t really lazy… It’s just not viable to publish as physical anymore.

      Main reason U.S gets physicals is because there are big cities that have more people in them than some European countries, so it’s easier to focus games where there are players. Then there are events and all that rage.

      When you compare to Europe, not only is the market spread thin, it’s also a lot more chaotic to publish games as physical, since all countries have differing wages and added store prices.

    • shadowind

      And the irony is that Imagine-Nation on NHK World this week was all about the game itself!

  • LDM

    I have a feeling that Sony has no confidence in this game. It’s getting a limited, budget-priced release here in the US and in Japan, it’s considered broken and hard to play. :( It’s sad, because this is one of the reasons I want a VITA.

    • Alter

      Well, not exactly budget priced in Japan, it’s more expensive (around 1000 yen more) than Soul Sacrifice (Delta) and whoever said it’s broken did negative campaign, it’s beatable just like Dark Souls. I don’t want to sounds like ass but i won against Dionne in my first try without dying even once.

  • Dkmariolink

    Incoming butthurt PAL’s

    • shadowind

      Us PAL gamers have every right to be butthurt over this dumbass decision, after all, weren’t a lot of you Yanks butthurt over games like Senran Kagura Burst and the new Gundam Dynasty Warriors games getting physical releases in Europe and download-only in the USA…

      • Dkmariolink

        Nope. I dont mind having to download games. I was just happy that I was getting the game in general.

        You can’t be picky when most of these games normally wouldn’t be available west anyway…

        Blame sony for making memory card prices ridiculous on the Vita.

        • shadowind

          But what about those who would have preferred to have bought the game in physical form instead of as a download because they live in a area with crappy speeds or have a download limit or don’t want to.have to buy a extra memory card.

          I wouldn’t be too surprised that if SCEE don’t change their mind, it’ll end up biting them in the ass big-time!

  • Lhomity

    It sucks, but this is how it goes. If there were enough people willing to buy more boxed Vita games, and enough demand for retailers to want to stock them, then you have more games like this in a box.

    As it is, this is happening because a lot of gamers in Europe are buying digital, or importing from the US and Japan.

    Many of the people wondering why fewer Japanese titles are getting boxed releases in Europe are also the ones importing games from the US regularly. “Hello McFly?!”

    The only way to turn it around, is to buy more boxed copies at retailers in your own countries and actually demonstrate a willingness to adopt. Signing petitions and begging/abusing SCEE blog staff like some people are doing won’t do a damn thing to change it. Complaining to SCEE about European game prices won’t change anything either, because, newsflash, it isn’t their fault your economy is the way it is.

    Of course, if you really want to import then do it. It isn’t a bad thing. I do it too sometimes, not so much from the US, but from Japan. My most recent import was Puyo Puyo Tetris. As a general rule, I try to avoid importing anything I expect to actually get a local release. I want to support businesses in my town, in my country. Because they provide jobs and income to people here. Simple.

    • Shady Shariest

      The thing with boxed copies is… They are rarely viable, people vote with their wallets during recession, and the inevitable costs physical version will need to pay back in price is just too much for there to be competition with digital.

      Then there is the spread out market for these. Sure you could just sell them in online stores, but this is counter-productive for publishers and developers themselves.

      “It’s evolution baby”

    • Aristides

      The problem here goes a bit further than just being Digital Only. This is a First Party game and a big game for the system as far as the Vita is concerned… If Sony doesn’t back up the Vita and it’s software catalog no one else will outside of the ultra niche publishers.

  • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

    That surprises me a little, given some of the other ones they choose to release physically. Out of curiosity, is it possible that the US release will be digital only, too?

    • Lastlight

      Nope US is both Physical and Digital
      Yessssss

      • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

        Ah, thanks.

  • nihongogamer

    I find it a little disappointing, but mostly because it shows a lack of commitment to a product before it’s even been launched. Especially after displaying it at E3 and acting supportive, feels like now it’s just a game for fans ‘in the know’ about Japanese games and people with extra memory card space.

    Or maybe they just had clear evidence that this sort of game wouldn’t appeal to the European crowd…but who would believe that?!

  • Alter

    Heck i always buy digital games so i can always do re-download when i rage quit (and accidentally destroy the console), plus it’s very convenient than swapping card every now and then.

    • Aristides

      What’s not convenient is swapping between 32GB Memory Cards because they’re both full X_X

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    for FU#K SAKES!!!!!

    Not happy may even miss this one out completely

    • Aristides

      There’s always NA importing I guess… though this is kinda stupid considering the Vita sells more on EU than NA.

  • Nazar

    So America gets the game physicaly released? The same country that dropped nukes over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while Europe didn’t do shit to Japan but it gets a digital only release?
    The stupidity is incredible.

  • Nazar

    So America gets the game physicaly released? The same country that dropped nukes over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while Europe didn’t do shit to Japan but it gets a digital only release?
    The stupidity is incredible.

  • Sachiko Shinozaki

    This is whats killing Vita in the EU. People here want physical releases here also. If they keep up with this shit then the support for the Vita will die here in EU. Just like the PSP.

    • Lhomity

      There’s already a lot of European gamers importing from the US to take advantage of lower prices, knowing full well that European retailers can’t compete with US retailers. And this is what happens.

      What good is having boxed copies if they can’t reliably sell enough shipments to enough retailers to actually justify the manufacturing cost?

      It’s only going to get worse, and it isn’t SCEE’s fault, and it isn’t any 3rd-party publisher’s fault.

  • artemisthemp

    I guess Vita increases sale in the US is the reason behind, US getting a Psychical release and EU getting a Digital Only release.

  • Armageddon

    Why does EU get the short end of the stick anyway. I imagine people at EU want to stare at the cover art too >_<

  • shadowind

    FUCK! I can understand it if it was a third-party niche game, but this? This is seven shades of serious fucked-up stupidity which is ironic as usually SCEE are more reasonable than SCEA when it comes to releases of certain games; both first and third-party.

  • れいか

    I feel bad for people in the EU wanting to get physical copy of this game. Even if they import from NA, they still won’t get the dlc :(

    I also don’t think they will change strategy plan and actually releasing physical copy.. unless, the demand rises.

    • Wappuli

      But they can get DLC even if they import.

      • れいか

        No, they can’t. I should know… I live in asia and I tend to import before finally deciding to migrate to NA PSN. This is why people should be careful if they plan to purchase this game through import because they will not get the dlcs intended for the game.

        Especially if the online multiplayer requires an online pass – you cannot use this if the region is not the same as the game.

        • Wappuli

          I dont see how living in Asia has anything to do with this.
          But as long as you have an access to the PSN of the same region of where you imported, you can get the DLC’s just fine.
          Now I haven’t ever bought an online pass for any game, as I buy games new if possible and online passes are for those who buy a used game, but I’m pretty damn sure it can be bought just as fine as DLC’s.

          • れいか

            Oh… I thought you meant importing but remain as a different PSN region. My bad.

    • eilegz

      the same feeling i get at koei tecmo namco bandai games like dynasty warrior gundam reborn which its digital only in america and physical copy on europe

      • れいか

        Why is that, by the way? Are the PS Vita players in Europe slim? Or are there no support at all? I am not familiar with Europe’s demographic.

        EDIT* I do know they tend to stagger behind release dates o.O… sometimes.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Europeans getting screwed in some way again, I feel bad for them.

  • Stormourner

    SIGH!!! there it goes again first Soul Sacrifice Delta and now Freedom Wars, if Sony Europe keeps doing this again I would rather storm into the studio and force them to make physical copies. I would download but my router is slow for downloading gigabyte games, I know my office has faster internet connection but I ain’t bringing my PSVita inside my office

  • eilegz

    so weird it is… koei tecmo release physical over there at europe and digital only in america.

    i hate digital only and i guess we all share the same feeling

  • Yan Zhao

    Man this sucks for Europe, I’m glad the US is getting the physical release it deserves but it makes no sense why a major first party game like this is digital only. Do Sony not have faith in even their own developed games?

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