Earlier today a mole reporting to Ars Technica revealed Sony was going to distribute Patapon 2 using a download only method. The game would be purchased on PSN for $15, but voucher codes at retail were reported to sell for $19.99. Sony has now confirmed this rumor with the following statement.
“We’re considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content,” Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA said. “The downloadable game will be available on May 5 at both retail and via the PlayStation Store. We remain focused on providing superior games and entertainment experiences in both the UMD and digital formats and are working closely with our partners to deliver the best PSP line up in our history.”
This new way of bringing a major PSP game to the public only adds to the rumor that the next iteration of the PSP will not have a UMD drive and will instead focus on digital distribution. It is interesting that Sony admits this digital route is only a one time test and may use this as a way to get feedback on future PSP developments.