It seems like just yesterday that the media was lamenting the death of physical games, as the world ushered itself into a digital only age - how wrong could they be?
From upstart companies like Limited Run Games - who you could now argue are now putting out too many physical releases - to the UK based Signature Edition all attempting to fill that void, alongside a growing independent publisher industry.
Now BadLand Games, one of those aforementioned publishers has announced - over these past few weeks - a slew of releases for critically acclaimed titles in a physical format across multiple platforms. And, whilst in the past BadLand Games releases have been very Europe centric, stateside fans can rejoice as these releases will also be lining their local store shelves too.
First up and arriving on April 11th is The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition for the PlayStation 4; a game developed by Spanish team Tequila Works - who are also hard at work on the upcoming Rime - in conjunction with Cavalier Games Studio, and it comes packed with a whole host of goodies including a Soundtrack CD and ‘Studio Manual’.
But that’s not all, gamers who pre-order the Full House Edition will receive either a 6-page comic prequel or full colour 50 page artbook depending on the retailer. You can currently purchase the title for £24.99 from Amazon UK.
As for the game itself, The Sexy Brutale is a murder-mystery, adventure title which all revolves around a single day, allowing you to replay events from differing perspectives and the inclusion of a time-loop mechanic to aid you in figuring out the puzzling series of events.
The next two games are yet to receive concrete release dates, but BadLand Games have confirmed they will both be releasing between April and June of this year.
Gamers across the world have been clamouring for a physical release of Futurlab’s Velocity games for quite a while now, and finally their prayers have been answered with Velocity 2X: Critical Mass Edition for PlayStation 4 and a standalone physical release of Velocity 2X (that also comes with a downloadable code for Velocity Ultra) on the PlayStation Vita.
Velocity 2X: Critical Mass Edition comes included with 3 DLC packs (Daily Sprint, Critical Urgency & Dual Core) a soundtrack CD, studio booklet and behind the scenes, making of videos.
The final physical release announced thus far is the critically lauded Axiom Verge which successfully brought retro stylings and metroidvania back to the forefront when it released in 2015. Entirely created by one extremely talented man (Thomas Papp) this once digital only title will now be getting a fully featured physical release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Wii U - yep you read that right, the Wii U, with what I assume to be one of the final physical releases for the ailing platform.
Fittingly named, the Axiom Verge Multiverse Edition comes with a making-of documentary DVD, a double-sided poster and a deluxe booklet that includes developer commentary and art.
And whilst the Multiverse Edition is tentatively priced for £24.99 ($29.99), BadLand Games have announced that the PlayStation 4 platform will be receiving a standalone physical version which will be priced a little lower at £14.99 ($19.99).
And just to note for potential buyers, we have reached out to BadLand Games with the request to secure a copy of some of these titles prior to release, in order to fully showcase the quality of what readers will be purchasing and whether any final changes have been made from advertised.
Are you going to pick-up any of these physical releases? Let us know in the comments below.
BadLand Games are a publisher split between Spain and UK that release a slew of independent titles which become sought after by collectors.
Velocity started its life as a PlayStation Mini, before receiving a full sequel for the PlayStation Vita and now a follow up that introduced platforming mechanics.
Cavalier Games Studios are a small Guildford based studio from England, made up of ex-Lionhead employees.
Axiom Verge began development back in 2010, as a small side project.