Limited Run Games, preservers of physical copies and defenders against a digital future, surprised everybody late last night when they revealed their plans to start selling games for the Playstation 3. You read the correct number. It’s a console Sony no longer even makes, but they will apparently authorize new discs and cases for it. And what will Limited Run be selling first?
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. Good for them. Formerly an XBox exclusive, a port of this game was published to the PS3 back in the day, but only on the Playstation Store….there was never a physical. Until now!
Two batches off Stranger’s Wrath will be dumped at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT and 6 PM ET/3 PM PT. Also, for some reason, Limited Run isn’t limiting the amount of copies you can purchase on this one, and there are only 4,000 altogether, so….the average human’s chances of buying this legit are not good.
There’s a Collector’s Edition, and it’s limited to two per customer, so it might last a bit longer (though at 2,500, not much longer). It includes a poster, the soundtrack, three art cards and a plushie that really growls.
Some people are rather miffed that Sony will still let you publish a physical game on Playstation 3, but not on the PS Vita (Limited Run still does, but those days will come to an end soon) or the PSP (Sony stopped allowing it before Limited Run was in business). Why? We’re not sure, but we’re guessing manufacturing costs for a proprietary shelled mini-disc or card are greater than that of a simple CD, DVD or Blu-Ray. And before you ask….
Technically, you can still press PS2 and PS1 games.
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) February 12, 2019
That’s correct….you can still physically publish a game for the original Playstation, jewel case and all. This doesn’t help Limited Run since they only deal in physical versions of digital games, and digital games for consoles were not a thing until the PS3…..but still, who woulda guessed?
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath will go on sale this Friday. Limited Run says they have a few more PS3 games they’ll be physically printing soon.