When the PlayStation Vita launches in Japan, in just 12 days time, Konami’s “AR Combat Digi Q: Friend Tank Battalion” will be free to download. Don’t get too excited though, there is a small catch.
The game is a kind of mini tank battle sim based on the Digi Q infra red tank battle toys and will consist of a total of around 40 levels. The first five will be free with stages 6-30 costing 800 Yen, 31-35 will cost 200 Yen and 36-40 will cost a further 200 Yen.
So it’s a kind of trial and unlock, in stages. This kind of model seems to be taking off and feels like a natural avenue for publishers to explore following the ubiquity and success of DLC add ons.
There’s no word on UK availability or pricing outside of Japan but as a model for distributing a game, we’d expect publishers to at least try something similar in western markets with the Vita.