We understand that Sony only has a finite number of marketing bucks to spend, but it does tend to hamstring some of its own franchises at times. Until Dawn is a recent example of a title that was incredibly well received, yet that hypothetical Hallowe'en push that we were all hoping for hasn't come. And now it's confirmed that Gravity Rush Remastered won't be getting a retail release in North America.
Look, we totally get it: this is a port of a niche PlayStation Vita game that's unlikely to set the sales charts alight. But it's also the first entry in a really promising new property that's getting a big budget PlayStation 4 sequel next year. Would it really hurt the company to print a few thousand retail copies and send them out to stores? Not only would this please fans, but it may also introduce the series to newcomers, who don't follow gaming news closely, but pick up the titles that catch their attention in their nearest GameStop.
This isn't the first time that Gravity Rush has almost been denied a retail release – the original game was planned as a PlayStation Store exclusive before fans managed to twist the platform holder's arm. There's good news at least in Europe as the game will be available on Blu-ray in the Old World – but we really feel for our North American brethren, and hope that you kick up a stink about this so that the manufacturer has no choice but to reconsider.