Wipeout HD: A Full $60 Experience For A Budget Price
As many of our loyal readers already know, Wipeout HD is a PSXE favorite, amongst both staff and viewers, and there's a damn good reason for that: it rocks. But perhaps some of you are wondering- how did we get such an unbelievable game for only $20? Not that you're complaining or anything...
Well, it was one of the interesting questions posed to Sony Liverpool during a recent GamePro interview. When asked why they charged half as much as other full downloadable titles like Warhawk and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (each of which cost $40), Wipeout HD director Tony Buckley had this to say:
"We can't comment on the pricing of other PSN titles (each territory's Marketing Dept determines pricing), but with regards to Wipeout HD, we feel it's a great value. For the first time, the line between downloadable game and full-price offering has been blurred, which is something we are very proud of."
We remember being told by another Sony rep that we'd be very happy when we learned of the game's price, and he was certainly right about that. GamePro also asked if Sony Liverpool had ever considered a retail release of the popular title, but it seems the team never did. "Wipeout HD was a PSN-exclusive title from the very beginning, and we remained entirely focused on that throughout our development phase," added Buckley, who also mentioned the importance of the online play via the PlayStation Network. Given everything this game offers, it seems as if they could've very easily charged $40 - or hell, even the full $60 - and gotten away with it. But the thing is, they wanted to make the greatness easily accessible for everyone, and with October's competition through the roof, that was a damn good idea.
Head on over if you wish to read the rest of the interview; it's a good read. The bottom line, though, is that Wipeout HD is one hell of a steal at only twenty bucks. We all know it.
Related Game(s): Wipeout HD
10/6/2008 John Shepard