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Sony Taints Vita Exclusive Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines with Download Requirement

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Just like fellow first-party release Freedom Wars, you’ll need a roomy PlayStation Vita memory card in order to play Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines in Europe, as Sony has revealed that the title will only be available as a digital download in the region. There’s no word on a North American cartridge just yet, but seeing as the former foray will be getting a physical presence overseas, a boxed version is certainly possible.

Asked for clarification on the matter by a frustrated fan, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that he “hopes that people will find a way to download” the games. Personally, we’re not too frustrated by the lack of retail support for the abovementioned releases, but the platform holder needs to realise that the prices of memory cards are simply too high to facilitate big digital downloads at the minute.

Still, we’re hopeful that the firm will ultimately change its mind on this front. As we’ve mentioned in the past, Gravity Rush was advertised as a download exclusive many years ago, but after a backlash, the manufacturer opted to put it in a box. If uber-niche titles such as Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection can score physical copies, then we’re not sure why big budget first-party affairs can’t.


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User Comments (23)



Punished_Boss_84 said:

Well done Sony, come November it will be a full year where you haven't even launched a single exclusive title for PS Vita on store shelfs. Really bravo! Good job! #4theplayers! Total utter b*******!



RawShark said:

@Punished_Boss Yep, nail on the head - it's a cost cutting exercise. I also think it's preemptive push for the Playstation TV. Soon people are going to be able to have access to the digital store for a relatively low entry price, so I can understand their focus on digital downloads to an extent. It doesn't make it any less frustrating for those of us with a packed memory card though.



Jazzer94 said:

@Punished_Boss I wish Sony would explain how f*****g PS Vita Pets a game no one asked for gets a physical release but not Freedom Wars or Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines utter nonsense and I'm not buying another memory card.



Punished_Boss_84 said:

@RawShark As much as I despise the business decisions of SCE and question WTF! Its not the problem that it is digital only, its the memory card prices like you said. I could probably upgrade to 16gb and be set. This cost cutting strategy has ensured that Vita has no exclusives on store shelfs and ports take their place, it shouldn't be like that and doesn't help the perception regarding Vita. I understand why its done, I just don't like it.



get2sammyb said:

@Punished_Boss @Jazzer94 I think their thinking is that with these hardcore titles, the people that want them know where to get them — they don't really need to put them on shelves.

I'm not saying that's right, but that explains the logic. Plus, I think a game like PS Vita Pets and Invizimals complements something like Minecraft much better at retail than Oreshika.



JavierYHL said:

hopefully oreshika will have r1 physical copies...i love the artwork and would like to keep a phyical copy of the game...



Bliquid said:

Ok, Sony, i always been on your side on the Vita odissey.
But if you keep this up there are only 2 options: lower consistently (like on par with the other storage devices all around the world) the cost of the memory cards or wave buh-bye to my money.



Jazzer94 said:

@get2sammyb I can understand Invizimals as I heard there is a cartoon in Spain for it? but I can not understand having a physical release for PS Vita Pets which will never achieve Nintendog sales and has a crazy amount of competition over Freedom Wars a game that plenty of people were excited to get I can just about understand Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines being DL only but not Freedom Wars.



sonyntendo said:

Shuhei Yoshida: “hopes that people will find a way to download”.

hope i will find a way to download Yoshida to my ps vita and "touch screen" punch him in the face



Gedi said:

What you're all forgetting is that retail has probably shown no interest whatsoever in stocking these titles, regardless of whether Sony produce a limited 'print run' or not.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Isn't this one of the 'big' titles he spouted on about releasing this year? If it's supposed to represent your support for the vita then why is there no physical version, lazy and crap.



Gedi said:

It's not lazy. It is crap. Vita hardware just isn't selling enough and boxed software even less and I say that as someone who adores their Vita but manages in retail and has watched the numbers (of my store and company as a whole) reduce and reduce. Honestly I think only Minecraft can turn things around now, as far as maintaining a bricks & mortar presence goes. I so hope Sony can work with Mojang to create a bundle pack-in and then absolutely have to market the hell out of it - to the right demographic. Invizimals may well be a great game but I doubt it will sell consoles, even in mainland Europe were it enjoyed some success on PSP but as a follow up title to those that have rushed out to get Minecraft, it could be great.



Manic7Muppet8 said:

@belmont The 64GB memory cards were available in the UK for a very short while after the Vita launched, but the price for one was absolutely rediculous.!!
These days, your options for getting a 64GB Vita memory card if you're in the UK/EU are limited, and most involve importing from overseas.



meppi said:

Unacceptable. And that's coming from someone who owns a 64GB card and 4 Vita's.



Heavyman99 said:

I understand people's pain. Americans only get R&C Vita via DL. Why must these cards be so expensive? I've got room to do it, but I know someone who just got that GTA Bundle and can't fit this.



FullbringIchigo said:

oh well let's hope it gets a physical release in the US then we can import it




AVahne said:

Find a way huh? First they gotta release that 64 GB card overseas, and make a huge price cut on all their cards.



Gamer83 said:

No excuse for this. Can't sell a system that has no interesting games on the shelves.

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