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Ferrari: The Race Experience Shifts To Digital Delivery

Like it or not, the digital age is upon us, and some developers are already abandoning physical media.

System 3 has announced their new racing game, Ferrari: The Race Experience, but perhaps more importantly is their decision to only make it available through the PlayStation Network; it represents a "dramatic shift from physical game distribution to a more streamlined business model that represents zero wastage and ultimately better guaranteed revenue returns." System 3 claims they're ready for the changeover right now, and they will "utilize digital downloading as the best way forward for all future premium game releases." Said company CEO Mark Cale:

"Having recognised the potential in digital downloads some 18 months ago we have kept our powder dry, preferring to gauge market and consumer reaction while quietly planning a downloadable release strategy to steal a march on our rivals. Obviously we are not moving away fully from boxed product as we are committed to maximising our games across all formats and Wii games, for example, are still only released as physical product. But we have been extremely proactive in working on a full digital onslaught for a long time and they don’t come much bigger than the first one - Ferrari The Race Experience."

The Ferrari series is often regarded as one of the more realistic racing experiences available, and it marks the developer's "first AAA game released as download only content for the PS3 format." This will be followed by 6 more titles for the PS3, PSP, Apple iPad and iPhone in the next 3 months. As download speeds get faster - and let's not forget that they have - the world will continue to change.

Related Game(s): Ferrari: The Race Experience

Tags: ferrari, the race experience, ferrari psn, system 3

7/31/2010 10:40:06 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

streetmagix
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 11:14:56 AM
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If it's anything like 'Supercar Challenge', sign me up.

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maxpontiac
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 7:49:45 PM

I have yet to play that one. I absolutely dig Ferrari Challenge, and I am only three trophies away from a platinum!!

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RadioHeader
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 11:56:25 AM
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Digital distribution:

Give the customers nothing for their money, thereby eliminating the 2nd hand market. Awesome!

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:16:17 PM

hehe, I still can't make up my mind on digital downloads. On one hand, I love being able to boot up a game without having to swap discs etc. On the other, I like bring able to obtain used games for deals that are usually far lower than anything I would see from deliver services. Sometimes the rates seem nearly ridiculous.
For those who have a Xbox360, log onto their "Games on Demand" marketplace and observe pricing for games such as CoD: Modern Warfare ($40!?), Tomb Raider Legends ($30!?). I can pick up TR Legends from Gamestop for $7.

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RadioHeader
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 5:37:46 PM

I thought digital distribution was free for the 360. It is for my mates :)

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:10:38 PM
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I passed on their original PS3 Ferrari game. I will, however, keep my eye on this new PSN game; though, I suspect GT5 will deliver on all of my Ferrari racing needs.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:23:16 PM
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It will never be as good as a FULL racing game

It'll be a while 'till downloading 25GB-50GB is actually bearable

I do acknowledge that for smaller/niche games this is great.

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Shams
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 1:38:07 PM

Wipeout HD (which came just under a gig, and I think close to 3 gigs total with Fury dlc) is a rare exception of a downloadable but very full game. Admittedly, I would've loved a 50 gig bluray version of Wipeout. Just imagine the possibilities!

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:48:57 PM

Yah, it's pretty unlikely we'll see the game weighing in around 25-50gb's. Keep in mind that racing games (unless mammoth sized like GT5) can usually fit comfortably under even 5gb's.
As Master Shams pointed out, WipeOut HD is pretty lightweight. Burnout Paradise also weighs in around 3-4gb's. Take GT5 Prologue, the game has something like 70+ extremely detailed cars and a handful of tracks and it still weighs in around 5GB.

But I do see a growing concern in BD to PSN conversions, Scarecrow. I would be quite surprised if games like Uncharted 2, GoW3, and MGS4 make it out as a PSN download. Even Infamous's more conservative 8GB? download seems pretty heavy. I think I'd rather save the HDD space and keep it on disc. Even if it means having to get off my butt to change a disc.

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CharlesD
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 12:31:38 AM

I agree on not being able to make up my mind on the digital download front. I guess that certain developers might take that route and that's ok but I would not like to see disc games dissipate from the market. Epically exclusives and collectors editions.

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tes37
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:34:16 PM
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If I get my hands on GT5 first, this game won't have a chance to get my money. I wonder if they plan on charging people full price for this game. It sounds like they intend to pocket the money saved on physical media instead of delivering the game at a lower cost to gamers.



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Scarecrow
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 12:53:44 PM

Agree

This game has no chance it if costs $50 or more

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kraygen
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 2:57:52 PM
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No thanks, I'd rather have an amazing game like GT5 which will push everything to the limits instead of a game that will be on wii and will be download only for ps3.

It's a racing game and since GT5 is coming out I just don't see the point, but I wouldn't get it even if it was on disc.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 4:33:04 PM
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Well, they're confident. I hope that it works out well for them, but with GT5 just a few months away... Well, imma just say that I don't think it'll net them a lot of money. And as for them saying it's a full game: It doesn't need to be 25-50GB, but it should be at least four. Also, I won't be getting this.
Peace.

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jlch777
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 6:25:56 PM
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This is a good warm up until GT5 comes out. Having played Ferrari Challenge it cant go wrong their Physics engine is pretty good. I hope they release Supercar Challenge this way too.

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jlch777
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 11:12:23 PM

This just an updated version of Ferrari Challenge:

OK, so to clear up the situation...

A while back, System 3 asked us to update FC to F:TRE. It contains all of the DLC for FC plus a few new features including an updated Career Mode. The handling model is the same but the SCC "style of handling" selector has been carried over. It will be released on PSN for PS3 and boxed product for Wii. The Wii version contains all the updates that were patched in to the PS3 version.

Further to that, we are working on:

Licensed Racer - Console
ACR - PC
Ride To Hell - Console & PC
SuperCar Challenge - USA version
Unannounced Racer - Console

Hope that clears it up for everyone.

http://forums.eutechnyx.com/index.php/topic,1658.0.html

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maxpontiac
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 7:50:31 PM
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As much as Gran Turismo is king, I will most likely purchase anything from System 3 due to my favorable experience with Ferrari Challenge.

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JackC8
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 8:34:04 PM
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I've never played one of these Ferrari games before, but if the physics are realistic, maybe I'll give it a try.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 9:45:10 PM
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Of course they're going digital distribution with their crap Ferrari game. The graphics, sound and physics all scream "budget."

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:48:03 AM

Someone hasn't played any of their games before. lol

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Qubex
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 9:19:44 AM

Actually Alienange, the graphics were not bad. The replays impressed me, however I though the cockpit views of Ferrari Challenge were abysmal... especially the "not so round" steering wheel.

I promptly got rid of the game a few months after purchase. There were also noon around to play multi player with, the servers were mostly empty... It was a useless game in some respects. I won't touch another one of their racing titles...

But, if they ever made a remake of the Last Ninja series for HD consoles, I would be all over them...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Alienange
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 2:54:33 PM

You said it Qubex. Digital release is their last hope. Unless they price it wrong.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 9:51:45 AM

I found the game quite enjoyable once I fine tuned the settings.

Graphics were average, I agree. However, the rain effects were well done.

Sound was poor, can't debate that. I will say this though, I loved the main menu music. Perfect for car porn.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 10:24:52 PM
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Well, since they're going to be reaping the benefits of 75% less overhead & associated expenses, then they need to pass at least 1/2 of that savings down to us as well.

If not, going "digital only" is a ripoff towards the entire gamer nation.

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THEVERDIN
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 12:59:30 AM
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The problem I have with digital download is you can't try it before you buy it. With physical media you can go and rent the game and if it's a dog you're just out your rental money and not $50-$60.

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dillonthebunny
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 1:07:31 AM
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GT5 i would want on dosc, but this Ferrari:TRE i welcome on download only, quite frankily i cant be arsed to get out of my chair to buy it, but with download i dont have to... Sold!



Anyway, is this Last Ninja? No... What the hell are they doing wasting time on this game when we have been waiting years and years for this so called promised ninja sequel.. Surely not another generation in console will pass us by before we are treated to this potential classic?.

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___________
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 3:18:15 AM
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AH GOD DAM IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sigh why would you shoot yourself in the foot like that!?
when are developers going to learn 90% of the world dont have unlimited download usages with ADSL2+ speeds?
god, if it took me 6 days, YES SIX FREAKING DAYS!!!!! to download a FW update imagine how long this would take!
dam, guess i wont be getting it, and i really wanted it too!
way to sell yourself short system 3!
might as well make a game on the N64 while your at it, id probably sell better!

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 4:49:23 AM

I recommend that you turn off the internet. It is not safe for you. :)

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