NIS America is dropping plans for a UMD release of Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This?, opting to make the PlayStation Portable game exclusively a downloadable PlayStation Network game.
Retailers began cancelling pre-orders for the PSP game earlier this week, with online outlets like GameStop removing listings of Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!, as spotted by IGN. Online rental service GameFly also updated the title's status, marking it as "Not For Rent." That change in availability was similar to that of Sony's own Patapon 2, which also made the leap to digital download only earlier this year.
We contacted NIS America today and were told that the title will be skipping a traditional retail release, becoming a PSN exclusive when it launches this Summer. NIS America reps said that the game was simply a better fit for a downloadable release, partially based on positive reception to the game's PSN demo.
NIS reps also confirmed that Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? will carry a $US19.99 USD price tag when it becomes available on the PlayStation Store. Expect to see official word about the change later today from NIS, with a detailed explanation on the official PlayStation.blog.
To learn more about the game, make sure to check out our preview.