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Retro City Rampage: DX storms PS4, PS3 & PS Vita next week

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Retro City Rampage: DX storms PS4, PS3 & PS Vita next week

With three-way Cross Buy and a 20% launch discount for PS Plus members

Retro City Rampage: DX, the top-to-bottom remaster of the original game will make its PS4 debut along with the brand new PS3 and PS Vita DX versions this 12th November, complete with cross buy and cross save for all three consoles.

You’ll get all three for €7.99, with an additional 20% off for PlayStation Plus members during launch week. That’s only around €3 for each platform, and much less than the original RCR’s launch price!

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So what is ‘DX’ exactly?

Those who’ve been following RCR will know just how much the game’s changed since the original launch. Within weeks of the original RCR’s 2012 release, updates made vehicles faster, added more checkpoints, tutorials, hints screens, and tweaked missions. Those changes made great improvements, but still just scratched the surface. DX is a top-to-bottom remastering of just about everything.

For DX, every single mission’s been re-tuned. Vehicles. Weapons. Challenges. Visual Effects. Visual Enhancements. Checkpoints. Difficulty. Challenges. From the game’s core to sprinkles on top such as parking garages and waypoints, it’s more than just a new coat of paint.

The care I put into the game was reciprocated when DX was released on 3DS earlier this year. I felt more love from players and reviewers than ever before, earning almost unanimous 9/10s across the board and sales to match. After the chaos and stress surrounding the original 2012 launch, things finally came together according to plan and the reception I yearned for followed.

Retooling the game for the smaller screen also really taught me a lot about its play experience. I saw how a closer, more dynamic camera, brewed out of hardware limitations, actually made things feel more exciting. Selecting weapons from a grid instead of cycling through them made combat more fluid. The changes added up, and it was clear they’d be at home on HD systems too. Not just for the TV, but for the PS Vita as well – boasting not just a new zoom mode and touch functionality, but a completely new UI specifically for the handheld.

So, after the many months of working on this is secret, I’m incredibly excited be able to not only announce it, but announce it with a solid release date! No more “coming soon” this time! It’s a wrap! 12th November, 2014!

Retro City Rampage: DX includes both RCR:DX and the original RCR for the purists. Big overhauls were made to re-balance the missions, difficulty, weapons and even police AI, but if you want to stick with the original version, you can flip the switch under the Help & Options menu.

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New zoom modes, a dynamic camera and a new lightweight HUD bring you closer to the action. Up close, the action packs more punch and driving feels much faster. The new 3X zoom option’s tailored specifically for the PS Vita, but also available on PS3 and PS4. Car engines were beefed up in RCR updates after the very first release two years ago, but the new dynamic camera doubles the *ooOOMPH!*. You’ll feel the difference when you compare 1X to 3X zoom and economy cars start to feel sportier. Once again though, purists can still play with the original zoom mode and original status bar style HUD.

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The two graphics modes give you the option to amp the graphics up or trim them back. The updated “RETRO+” graphics mode delivers more eye candy with better shadows and more effects. The new “8-BIT” mode on the other hand, makes the game look even closer to something dug up from the ’80s.

More video filter options are also included, from colour modes to a widescreen tube border. You can now also eliminate the border completely but still use the scanline or dot-matrix filters.

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Missions

Every single mission has been touched up, offering a better experience overall. Certain missions have been edited to improve pacing. In Death Cam VHS, for example, you won’t need to clear so many enemies during the melee section. During the car dodge tutorial, you won’t need to jump so much. It’s little changes like this which just make for a smoother ride. They’ve also been hand tuned to work with the new 3X zoom mode, making the new PS Vita experience the best it can be.

Controls and weapons

Controls have been tweaked. You can now jump immediately after firing weapons, making dodging enemies even easier. Weapons have been rebalanced, some boasting more damage, many with more satisfying effects. The cars and explosions blast more effects too – but purists can still stick to the classic “8-BIT” for more authentic ’80s experience.

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A new weapon select screen can be toggled, pausing the game mid-action and enabling you to more easily switch weapons when your inventory’s full. It also supports touch on the PS Vita.

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The PS4 version also has optional vibration support in case you want to feel the pixels thud under your pixel tires.

Arcade Challenges and Trophies

The weapon updates noticeably improve the Arcade Challenges, but many challenges have been reworked themselves as well. Second-Rate Sprees, for example, now run 30 seconds instead of 60, tightening rounds up to dethrone your friends from the leaderboards.

Two completely separate sets of leaderboards are now included, so ‘RCR:DX’ players won’t be facing off directly against players of the original ‘RCR’ mode.

With the freedom to rework things from top to bottom, ‘DX’ was able to boast a brand new trophy set too, which is now easier to 100%.

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Hijacking weapons

The city now has more to do, populated with weapon trucks. Getting the right tool for the job’s now a lot more convenient. You can purchase your weapons or try your luck and attempt to hijack them. Spelunky shop keeper style, so to speak.

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Losing the cops

The wanted level system and police AI have been deepened to create more of a cat and mouse metagame. Instead of running, if you stop to fight, clearing the screen of cops will help get them off your tail. Defeating three or more cops will spawn a Cop Coin which lowers your wanted level. You can still also spray your vehicle, find coins, or change your look with a new haircut, but this makes it much more fun and convenient. It’s balanced out with slightly more challenging police. If want to make things even more challenging, you can disable the coin drops from the pause menu.

Minimap, touch and UI

The new HUD brings a larger minimap with it, which now displays more than just missions and challenges, also weapon, spray and power-up shops, as well as enemies. You can also set it to display other locations, such as specific shops. The larger minimap makes navigating the city much easier as you’re able to see all of the roads and alleys ahead, choosing the optimal route to a destination.

You can zoom into the minimap with a single button press now, as well as set waypoints. The entire front end and UI have been redone for the PS Vita, including touch support.

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Parking garages

‘DX’ brings massive parking garages to Theftropolis. You can park one of every vehicle equipped however you like (that’s 54 parking spots!), and access them from any other garage around the city like a vehicle teleporter!

Jukebox

For chiptune fanatics, ‘DX’ now includes a 147 track music jukebox, enabling you to queue up hours of the incredible music composed by Jake ‘virt’ Kaufman, Freaky DNA and Norrin Radd.

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The PlayStation Scoop!

In case you missed it, it’s 3X Cross Buy! Yup! The PS4, PS3 and PS Vita versions of DX all sold together as one, with a 20% discount for PlayStation Plus members during the launch week.

Owners of the original Retro City Rampage for PS3 and PS Vita can transfer their save games to the new DX version via Cross-Save. The new DX version is a separate purchase, but keep in mind that with DX, you’re getting the PS4 version, a brand new Trophy set and new leaderboards. Owners of the original RCR who transfer their save game to DX will also earn a shiny elite star next to their score on the leaderboards.

Last call! The original Retro City Rampage will be delisted from the PS Store and replaced with Retro City Rampage: DX in order to avoid customer confusion. While DX includes a mode to play the original RCR, if for some reason you would prefer the pure original, grab it before it’s too late. If you already own the original RCR, you not be affected by this. You will still be able to re-download it indefinitely, at any time. The delisting will only prevent new purchases.

That’s not all though! More Retro City Rampage surprises are still to be announced in the coming month. A pretty big one, in fact! Follow @RetroCR on Twitter or Retro City Rampage on Facebook to keep up to date. Keep an eye on http://RetroCityRampage.com too.

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  • I’ve never played RCR – but is an “easier trophy set” really a selling point for games nowadays?

    I see a lot of people concerned with whether a game has a platinum trophy or not, but the “ease” of a set of trophies shouldn’t be a marketing point, surely? I have a few platinum trophies myself and the ones I’m most PROUD of are the ones I pulled my hair out because of, and maybe swore a few hundreds of times (Metal Gear Solid 2: I’m talking to you!).

    • I also meant to add – excellent job on adding three-way-cross-buy. THAT really *IS* a selling point.

    • Sorry dude but you don’t speak for the whole gaming community. Some people may want games for trophies, some don’t care, some may be interested in a game and the trophies will push them over the edge of getting the game. Just because you think something shouldn’t be that way doesn’t mean that others think like you. All people are different and they play their games differently. You need to get that.

    • I *get* that gamers are interested in trophies, but not as a selling point. I don’t think they were meant to be a selling point, but more of a perk (right word?) in buying a game. A lot of great games have great trophy sets, a lot of poorly made games market for “easy trophy hunters” (looking at Terminator: Salvation there).

      I’d be worried if a game marketed an easier set of trophies, based on past experiences with other games, is all I’m saying.

    • Trophies do have a slight influence on my purchases but not all the time. If i really like something ill buy it regardless of the trophy list but there has been a few games that i’m unsure about and after seeing a good trophy list i have decided to go through with the purchase.
      I do enjoy collecting trophies but they do not control my gaming habits, i usually play through a game without bothering with the trophies too much because i think they can be distracting with certain games. If i enjoyed it enough ill go back and earn some trophies, it does offer great replay value.

    • There are some people who will just buy games for trophies only. PS3trophies has loads of them & it’s mind boggling how much of an influence they have when they are basically worthless. So making the trophies easier could get people who skipped RCR to buy it just to have another 100% game on the their list.

    • @TVR – Despite my opening statement, I’m much the same in that if I enjoy a game enough, I’ll try my best to mop up any and all remaining trophies. If the game was a disappointment, I’ll shelve it and not worry about my trophy %.

      @Lethal – I agree, it is a bit mind boggling how important they’re deemed. I’m all for trophies, they’re a very good way of getting re-playability out of a game.

  • Honestly wasn’t a fan of RCR. I wanted to like it, but it got a bit long in the tooth and the constant 80s/90s pop-culture references were relentless. Maybe this upgrade is a better thing, but it probably isn’t going to fix the gripes I had with the original.

    Best of luck to you though, I hope other people enjoy it more than I did.

    • A big regret I have in the original trial version… the references are on overdrive during the opening act but calm down. Thanks for the encouragement, regardless :)

    • I have no idea if the game is actually any good or not. I DL’d it (via PS+, thankfully, I’d have been really narked if I’d paid), the game told me I needed to install a patch, I did that and it refused to work after that.

  • Count me in for a PS4 version. Looks like a great time killer to me!

  • I got this the first time around and that price i will be getting it again to play on PS4 i think, it is a very fun game.
    I do think a platinum trophy would have been a nice addition this time around though.

    • Appreciated! Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately I couldn’t do a Platinum since it’s PSN scope. I possibly could’ve begged really really hard, but then it would’ve delayed the release date ;)

    • With or without a Platinum trophy, you sure know how to sell your product, Mr Provinciano. Congrats for what’s a very good blogpost.

    • @Thanks for the reply, no worries dude with a sweet little game like this the absence of a platinum isn’t a deal breaker.

  • surprised you did not add a plat when reworking the trophies

    • Sony have requirements which games must meet to get a platinum trophy.
      Most digital only games dont qualify.

    • the plat requirements are unknown and LOADS of digital only games have them velocity 1 and 2, hungry horde , peggle 2, rogue legacy to name but a few.

      this game is longer and has more content than many games that i have played with a plat, theres also smaller games sold that have a plat and cost less.

    • The trophies are just a small part of this much bigger update. While there are some new trophies, it’s not added trophies but a brand new set. You can only add trophies to games via DLC. Regular updates can’t get new trophies added, and adding trophies would not have eliminated the difficult ones of the original.

    • I asked about it but unfortunately, PSN games still are generally limited to PSN scope trophies. I could’ve begged really really hard, possibly, but then it would’ve delayed the release to try and get a special exception made.

    • still odd as i have played the game and there’s more than enough you could do in the game for a full trophy list and imo this title deserves a plat more than some that have one.

      i agree trophies are a small part of the game i was just surprised that’s all.

  • And who bought the original one won’t have any discount or won’t get it free or something? Come on, i loved this game and i’ve bought it on PSN and PC…

    • i bought it on ps3 so got crossbuy and played a bit and liked it but got swept up in other games.

      ps4 only now so might get it again with the plus discount but crossbuy games seem to be ps plus fodder these days so could end up there in a month or 2 so undecided atm.

    • I have it on PS3/Vita, Steam & 3DS & looks like i’ll be buying it for the 4th time. I mean i like the game but not enough for 4 versions but now the PS3/Vita original is slightly pointless :/.

      If there was a previous version owners discount on top of the PS+ discount, then i’d buy it day 1.

    • Unfortunately it was not possible for them to set up a discount for the existing owners specifically, but it’s getting an EU price drop as well as a PS+ discount during launch week.

    • EU discount of course being code for “I’ll observe the actual exchange rate for the first week or two before jacking it up 40% above the US price”

      Yes, I remember the original. Delayed twice in Europe so you could finish the 360 port then released at an inflated price.

      This looks like its got some good new content, but its still the same game. I’ll wait for a gaming drought or deeper discount before I bite but good luck to you.

    • making us pay a second time around for a free update is a pretty cheap move (even if there’s a PS4 port attached to it).

  • I absolutely loved the original on my vita, there was so much game for the tiny size. How much bigger is this version on the via?

    • The new version’s actually a smaller file size despite the added content since it no longer needed to include things like the trailer video. Should only take up about 20MB on your Vita!

  • Wish i could buy it on my vita :(….

  • Bought it once, won’t be buying it again. Great for anyone who hasn’t played it but after the delay farce of the original and being left in the dark I will save myoney for something else.

  • Count me in. I always fancied the original but had no time to play it at the time.

  • So PSPlus is still a thing?

  • Won’t be renewing my ps+ in December. Could have saved the money and bought a Gameboy Colour instead from ebay.

    • or wait for Ps5 to be released xD…seriously though, seriously xD thinking of taking a break from gaming. Don’t like this trend at all. We’re supposed to technologically advance, but it seems we’re going backwards.

  • While I enjoyed the original, I’m disappointed there isnt a discount for owners who already own the original. I would be more interested if there is a bigger discount for existing owners. Understand DX has included features, but it seems many games offer a discount on games that add extra features/remastering assets.

    • Sorry about that. I tried to get a deep discount going for original owners but they were unable to set it up, so instead it’s the 7.99 PS+ / 9.99 regular price for all three.

  • Looks as good as a gameboy color game.

  • Really enjoyed the game, shame that us PlayStation players isn’t getting the free upgrade despite Xbox 360 and Wii users can download the DX upgrade for free. :|

    • I apologize. Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy. The other platforms were never Cross Buy. Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates. Xbox is still $15. Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

  • So, basically the whole point of this article is “screw people who bought the original, give me more money if you want these minor improvements to a game you already bought?” You won’t be getting my money again, sir.

    • I apologize. I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

      Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy. The other platforms were never Cross Buy. Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates. Xbox is still $15. Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      It’s more than just minor improvements and the big thing here is the new PS4 version, which needed the development compensated for. The only other option would’ve been to make it a standalone purchase, but I still would’ve been unable to set up a discount for existing owners. If the PS3/Vita versions weren’t new too though, they wouldn’t have been able to fully be in sync with the PS4 version, wouldn’t have a new trophy set, etc.

  • I bought the original one and now I shall pay again for a extended version? Uhm, make a free DLC for the owner of the original version? I know you want our money but this is a shame.

    • Unfortunately it can’t be made as DLC. Doing so would still not be able to give access to the PS4 version, wouldn’t have the new separate leaderboards for DX, wouldn’t have the new trophy set, and would mean four new variant SKUs which need to go through certification (which is quite an undertaking).

  • I LOVED LOVED LOVED the original…Easily one of the best games on the vita. I had so much fun playing it and I’ll be glad to revisit the game with the new features.

  • Can you explain why everyone else on other platforms gets a free upgrade to thus new version but PSN users don’t??? Because this is a right slap in the face for us and means at this time I wont buy another of your games as I feel your taking the mickey some what…

    • I just saw that news and came back to call out this scheister on that.

      Was considering this possibly in the future at the right price, but now Brian is on my black list.

      I also urge anyone reading this not to buy it, now that the cat is out of the bag he will likely petition Sony to get into PS+ to regain the goodwill he has lost so we’ll all get the free upgrade in a couple months anyway.

    • I apologize. Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy. The other platforms were never Cross Buy. Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates. Xbox is still $15. Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

      The original game was already free in PS+ in 2012.

  • Any chance of a PS+ announcement before Wednesday then? Given that it’s been announced pretty much everywhere else bar here….

  • So there’s no hefty upgrade discount for those of us who own the original RCR? Getting the PS4 version as well means nothing to me as I will probably never buy one because of Sony Europe’s beyond terrible service.

    • I apologize. I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been.

  • Really loved the original Retro City Rampage! And I can see why you tweaked the difficulty in some parts. Oof, sometimes it was so rock hard, I thought I was actually playing an 8-bit game :)
    Still, buying the same game twice…
    Anyway, it seems like a great version for any new players.

  • Always wanted to try this, so I’m jumping in :)

  • Whoah, hold up!!!

    http://www.retrocityrampage.com/press/RetroCityRampageDX_20141103.pdf

    Let me quote some interesting tidbits:

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    “‘Retro City Rampage: DX’ will be a free update for owners of the original ‘RCR’ on PC/Steam/Humble Store.
    The PC and upcoming Mac versions are Cross Buy. The Mac version will be available for free to all who purchase or have purchased the PC version, and vice versa.”

    “‘Retro City Rampage: DX’ will be a free update for owners of the original version on Xbox 360, with all the HD bells and whistles!”

    “‘Retro City Rampage: DX’ will be a free update for owners of the original version on WiiWare.”

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    We need to hear a clear and honest explanation from both the developer and Sony on why we can’t have it as a free update.

    It’s not impossible to get free games (whether they are updates or on a different platform, ex. getting Sly Cooper HD Vita for free after purchasing the PS3 version) long after buying the original one, so what exactly is going on here?

    • Wow – thanks for pointing that out. I’ll be sure to avoid unless I hear a very convincing argument why the PSN version is singled out.

    • wow this is really disappointing and shocking. i regret buying the original now or vita given the dev would charge for what is essentially a patch!

    • I apologize. Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy.
      What you’re missing is that:
      – the other platforms were never Cross Buy.
      – Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates.
      – Xbox is still $15.
      – No other platforms were free for PS+ members

      Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

  • Charging for a patch? That’s a new low.

    • Not wholly unexpected from this particular individual though. He delayed the European version of the original twice while he worked on the 360 port and then charged 40% extra for the EU version compared to the US one.

      He will be begging for it to go on Plus to make up for this, don’t pay for it. February, possibly March this will be on Plus.

    • I apologize. Think of it as a new PS4 version that comes with free PS3 and PS Vita versions. I was advised by colleagues to just do PS4 because we all knew there’d be a backlash like this, but I felt that the benefits to customers of bringing the new version to PS3 and PS Vita would be worth the heat from some vocal fans.

  • I know this is completely off-topic, but i just have to send out my little bobber to see if i can catch some fish.
    When can we get some juicy news on Monster Hunter Frontier G coming to EU?

  • Im gettting this since never had the game.

  • Making ‘Retro City Rampage: DX’ a free update for owners of the original ‘RCR’ on PC/Steam/Humble Store/Mac/Xbox 360 and WiiWare, but charging on PSN.

    And that after we got all the delay shenanigans on PSN.

    Not even a discount for orginal owners.

    Way to thank your first day fans, Brian.

    Something with sun, shine & stick it.

    • I apologize. Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy.
      What you’re missing is that:
      – the other platforms were never Cross Buy.
      – Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates.
      – Xbox is still $15.
      – Wii is SD without video filters or leaderboards.
      – No other platforms were free for PS+ members

      Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

  • no more 3 month sub for me. i bought a top gen console. yet it fells like im back in 1999. no thanks. i dont want these games and i refuse to play them. because i didnt buy my 400€ console for this. nor did i sub ps+ for this. before i would get my moneys worth on ps plus and then some. now… pff these games…… cheap games.
    if and whenever we get something good on ps+. i will sub again. for 1 month. lost my trust in you sony. your ignoring our bad coments. and replying only to the good ones. shows how 1 sided you are

  • Awesome to see this on PS4 and great to see the new additions :D

    Shame about not plat. But I paid for the first and I’m gonna get this.

  • We all got this on ps3 and cant have it on ps4 for free when its cross buy its sonys way of screwing us 4 more cash to buy the same game with a dx slapped on it not buying this

  • I’m sorry Brian, but your being disingenuous at best and wholly misleading at worst. You say you “asked for a deep discount” but as an indie developer, and therefore publisher for your own game you set your own price.

    You chose to give this as a free patch to other platforms, but charge PS users for it. That’s the bottom line here plain and simple. The same excuse about how you asked for a discount copy and paste 12 times doesn’t make any difference to us, its still a patxh with a price tag and that means your games will always struggle with certain members of this community. The industry will tell you that EU PlayStation fans have long memories, you’ll be learning this first hand.

    • Sony was unable to provide a discount specifically for original owners. I may be the developer and publisher but they operate the PS Store.

    • I don’t want to sound rude, but why not? Sony have done this before specifically with Skullgirls and Skullgirls Encore (original owners received the new “updated” version FREE). On top of that, the countless games on PSN that have had cross-buy patched into their releases (all of Sony’s games), and finally, I cannot and will not believe Sony is unable to put ANY discount on something when it is their own storefront that they curate. How is it not possible?

  • So why not release it as a patch the way you clearly intended it to be designed then sell the PS4 version separately.

    Why repost the same excuse 12 times instead of answering the actual question? Why are you exclusively charging PS users for this patch? Why do Xbox owners not have to rebuy the game? Why don’t Wii owners? Or PC owners? There is no justifiable answer as to why a patch should be charged for on one platform while it’s free to the others, you can rationalise all you want, it’s a poor move and you know it.

  • Same excuse again…

    Maybe a different approach will work. Care to explain why only PS users need to rebuy the game in order to receive this patch? Why do Xbox, Wii or PC owners not need to pay to get this patch? There is no justifiable reason this and you know it.

    • I apologize. Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy.

      What you’re missing is that:
      – the other platforms were never Cross Buy.
      – Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates.
      – Xbox is still $15.
      – Wii is SD without video filters or leaderboards.
      – No other platforms were free for PS+ members
      – PlayStation EU version is getting a price drop from the original version
      – It adds an entirely new PS4 version

      Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but Sony was unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

    • “Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).”

      Wait what? I thought it’s €7.99 without PS+ discount because this what you wrote in the news:
      “You’ll get all three for €7.99, with an additional 20% off for PlayStation Plus members during launch week. ”

      Or do just copy and paste it from the US-Blog?

      I don’t think that you care about us, your customers.

    • @DanteZX: The price they list here is incorrect. I did not write that. The EU team took the US blog post and made that edit.

    • So it’s €9.99 without PS+ and with discount €7.99?

  • Why you don’t make a “DX add-on” and a separate PS4 version? This is a punch in the face to you your first day customers.

    • And about its not possible… Minecraft started on PS3 and it’s cross-buy to the vita and a small charge for ps4 version if you own the ps3 version. All those games have different “IDs” and trophy-sets, but is was still possible to set an discount or make it free.

      Either you lie to us or Sony lies to you.

    • Minecraft is an exception. They can set up special cases for games like Minecraft and AAA titles, but not for indies. I assure you, I tried to get it to happen.

    • I apologize that there’s no discount specifically for existing RCR customers. I tried to get one to happen and Sony was unable to do so.

      Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy.

      Keep in mind that:
      – the other platforms were never Cross Buy.
      – Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates.
      – PlayStation versions received several free updates already
      – Xbox is still $15.
      – No other platforms were free for PS+ members
      – PlayStation EU version is getting a price drop from the original version
      – Wii is SD without video filters or leaderboards.
      – It adds an entirely new PS4 version

      Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

      I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions of the game for 2.66 each.

      In order to cover the development costs of the PS4 version, it could not be a free addition for everyone, especially all of those who got the original free with PS+. It was either release it only on PS4 without PS3/PS Vita connectivity/Cross-Save/shared Leaderboards, or release it on all three as I did (3 for 1 Cross Buy). Either way, Sony was unable to do a discount specifically for existing owners.

    • No indies? What about Hotline Miami? It was first cross-buy to ps3/vita and after the launch of ps4, we got it for free too. Is it an exception too? Shall I bring up more indie games?

      Sir, I don’t think you a bad person who only wants our money, but it seems it is possible after all.

      I love original version but to pay €8 again is not a option for me. I would like to play it on ps4 again.

    • On the flip side, GTA V is a full $60 for the PS4 version without an upgrade option for existing customers like myself.

    • “In order to cover the development costs of the PS4 version, it could not be a free addition for everyone, especially all of those who got the original free with PS+. It was either release it only on PS4 without PS3/PS Vita connectivity/Cross-Save/shared Leaderboards, or release it on all three as I did (3 for 1 Cross Buy). Either way, Sony was unable to do a discount specifically for existing owners.”

      Okay now we got the new point, the development costs. But it’s not only for PS4 now, you decided to make a PS3 and vita version too, which means higher costs.

      I understand why you did that because of Sony told you just because Of money. Anyway Hotline Miami was PS+ game too and it we got the PS4 version for free too when it comes out for PS4.

      Okay your option was to release it as a stand alone version And Not As A bundle and so you could give us a better discount and everyone would be happy. We understand you want to earn some money too, but this is a bad decision. Do you really want to lose customers?

    • “On the flip side, GTA V is a full $60 for the PS4 version without an upgrade option for existing customers like myself.”

      True story and it’s sad, but than you should definitely understand us, because you are a “victim” too and now you do the same with us.

      I can bring up some arguments because of GTA V but that is not the point here.

  • I apologize that there’s no discount specifically for existing RCR customers. I tried to get one to happen and Sony was unable to do so.

    Release parity is very difficult, keeping fans on all platforms equally happy.

    Keep in mind that:
    – the other platforms were never Cross Buy.
    – Wii and Xbox never received *any* updates.
    – PlayStation versions received several free updates already
    – Xbox is still $15.
    – No other platforms were free for PS+ members
    – PlayStation EU version is getting a price drop from the original version
    – Wii is SD without video filters or leaderboards.
    – It adds an entirely new PS4 version

    Now PlayStation is 3X Cross Buy and with PS+ cheaper than the other platforms (7.99 with PS+, 9.99 without).

    I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions …

  • You still haven’t explained why you chose not to make it a free patch to PS3 and Vita and then sell the PS4 version separately, you simply paste the same nonsense excuse over and over about how apparently “parity is difficult” well it doesn’t seem all that difficult, after all, of the five platforms that have the original (Xbox, Nintendo, PC, Mac and PS) four of them have parity in that they have the free patch, we alone have to pay for it.

    Now quit digging deeper into this hole with your copy paste excuse and answer the question. Why did you choose, and you did choose so drop the BS, to charge PS exclusively for this free update?

  • Sony are stupid 4 not letting ppl have the dx version for free when we had ps3 version im discusted at you sony all you think about is your nxt pay day n you screw us users into buying the rcr dx version well brian if i was you id pull DX from sony ps4 store

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    Jog on, Brian. Jog on.

    • Lmao XD

      I don’t think that Brian will reply anymore…

      “I worked hard to try and get a deep discount for existing owners but they were unable to set one up. There would’ve been if there could’ve been. Instead though, you’re getting three versions …”

      We are get free versions right…. but we have already the original version for PS3 and Vita. So we only need the PS4 version. And if he really only want our money, he could make a small upgrade price. But no Brian just igmore the customers of the original version who supported him.

      For the gamer who don’t own the game it’s great.

  • I’m not going to moan about upgrades all i’m going to say is I can’t wait to buy this (don’t see it in store yet?) and for the reasons brian gives fair enough if this happens again it looks like a game i’d have no problem paying for again as to me it is worth more than 7.99/9.99 and if it ends up costing me another 9.99 for an upgrade then no issue. Support the devs so they can spend more time giving us more :)

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