One Day These Will Be Some Of The Rarest PlayStation Games

One Day These Will Be Some Of The Rarest PlayStation Games

With digital game sales slowly overtaking physical releases, there could come a day when game collectors have nothing to collect but data. Publisher Limited Run Games is attempting to prolong the magic with small print runs of formerly digital-only games.

Mighty Rabbit Studios' nostalgia-crammed Saturday Morning RPG is getting a digital release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on January 26. Anyone can buy that. Only 1980 PS4 and 2500 Vita gamers will be able to secure official physical copies for their collection on 29 January, courtesy of the folks at Mighty Rabbit's publishing arm, Limited Run Games.

Collector's hoping to maintain a complete collection of PS4 or Vita games will want to stay on top of those releases. These are both official, Sony-sanctioned games complete with catalogue numbers — the only thing missing is the ESRB rating necessary to sell them at retail.

And who needs retail? Limited Run tested the waters with a 1500 copy run of Breach & Clear for the Vita.

One Day These Will Be Some Of The Rarest PlayStation Games

It sold out in under two hours.

The Saturday Morning RPG physical editions go on sale 29 January, with half being offered at 10 AM Eastern and the other at 6 PM. Being a much more entertaining game than Breach & Clear, I expect to not be able to secure one unless I am very lucky.

"Our goal is to bring back physical games by taking previously digital only games and helping them become physical" co-founder Douglas Bogart said in an email to Kotaku earlier this week.

"We assist developers with the entire process and take full financial responsibility for the run. In an age where more and more games are becoming digital only, we want to fight back by bringing those games to a physical format."

So far the games in question have been a pair of Mighty Rabbit releases, but that's due to change soon. Upcoming plans include a Vita release for Oddworld Inhabitants' Oddworld: New N' Tasty and Zeboyd Games' Cosmic Star Heroine.

So if you're into physical game collecting, you should keep an eye on Limited Run Games' releases. That, or wait until their games are twice the price on eBay.


Comments

    Been following this lot on Twitter, still waiting for a game that interests me. I prefer physical copies but I don't just buy games for the sake of having them.

    Only two so far, fingers crossed!

    They'll only be special if they come with a manual, and by manual, I don't mean a flyer like you usually get now.
    A manual should be detailed, have both screenshots & non-screenshot imagery/art details, and be at the regulation 4mm thickness or greater.
    :)

    I'm mostly digital now, having traded in everything to clear space under the TV. Despite that, I still have a copy of Too Human (Xbox 360) sitting there untouched. It's not a particularly good game, but after the court order demanding that they be destroyed I figured it might be worth something to someone, someday (much like my Star Trek VHS is fetching $500+ at the moment!).

    There's some things that digital can never fully replace.

    It's a really fun game, also available on Steam and Desura as well (which is the version i own) despite the frequent Quick Time Events when using your attacks it's quite a solid RPG.

    I think it's great they're doing this but with how much data is off disc in updates, collecting physical is becoming more meaningless this generation.
    Unless they come complete with all patches and dlc then that's great!

    Now this is an initiative I can get behind.

    Would be nice if they started doing it on other platforms :P

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