Atlus is all about discounting its digital releases these days, especially on the Nintendo 3DS. It seems we can’t turn around without seeing one of its game’s prices slashed to ribbons, and the time has come yet again.
For a limited time three games have been dropped an entire $10 from their original prices. The arcade style beat ’em up Code of Princess can now be bought for only $19.99 while Etrian Odyssey IV and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers find themselves available for $29.99.
Why is Atlus so fixated on pushing its digital titles these days? If they are attempting to phase out physical releases like the rest of the industry, it would be a huge blow to what was seen as a bastion of brilliant localization and generally great treatment of fans. Atlus enjoys a wonderful reputation for packing quality free swag with the first shipments of its games and doesn’t charge ridiculous prices for junk found in the average AAA Collector’s Edition. It would be sad to see that come to an end.
I wonder if the financial woes of its parent company or potential buyout have anything to do with the matter.
At any rate, which of these games looks the best at a discounted price? I’m hammering my way through Etrian Odyssey IV these days, and it is a lot of gaming for $40 let alone $30. Since I already own a physical copy though, with the free soundtrack, I think Code of Princess would be a possible purchase, if I didn’t love video game boxes so much.