Freedom Wars is one of the hottest Vita games to come out of Japan and will finally be arriving overseas later this year. Vita owners who reside in Europe seem to be getting shafted, however, with Sony planning to release the game as a digital exclusive in the region.
Responding to comments over at the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s Fred Dutton confirmed the news, stating:
I appreciate it’s not the answer some of you want to hear, but I can confirm that Freedom Wars will be a digital-only release in SCEE.
Unsurprisingly, this has riled a number of fans eagerly waiting to get their hands on the multiplayer action RPG. Many Vita owners, including myself, prefer physical copies not just for display purposes but also due to Sony’s ridiculous memory card pricing. A bog standard 4GB card, which can barely hold a few games, usually runs for £15 with the more practical 62GB option checking out at a whopping £70+ if you’re lucky.
Perhaps even more frustrating is that our American cousins will be able to enjoy their own localised version in full physical form. When responding to questions on the PlayStation Blog, SCEA’s Nick Accordino said:
I can only speak for SCEA, but we’re fully planning on a retail release for the Americas.
Sony has yet to comment on its decision to make the European version digital-only.