Not content with just releasing limited physical releases of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games, burgeoning independent physical games publisher Limited Run Games is now looking towards the PC market.
Limited Run Games first foray into this new space is with visual novel title; The Silver Case HD, a game originally created by the now renowned Suda51 - his first creation for at the time newly formed, development upstart Grasshopper Manufacturer - way back in 1999, that only saw a release in his native country of Japan.
Now courtesy of Active Gaming Media - responsible for ports of games such as Demonís Souls, Dear Esther and LittleBigPlanet to name just a few - and Playism, this title now comes to western gaming shores with a shiny new coat of paint and improved sound quality for gamers to enjoy.
With the title set to release digitally in both a standard ($19.99 / roughly £15.50) and deluxe format ($29.99 / roughly £23.50) on October 7th through both Steam and the Playism Store, a free demo has also been currently made available to give you a taste of what's to come.
Within The Silver Case HD you play through two different scenarios; one as detective aiming to solve a serial-murder case, and the other as a freelance journalist covering the crimes - a sequel to The Silver Case HD named Flower, Sun & Rain eventually made itís way west on the Nintendo DS.
In addition to the digital releases, a physical release through Limited Run Games is now available. Usually the company releases console titles in short bursts - with very limited numbers and on a first-come, first-served basis - but that all changes with their debut PC release.
Initiating a pre-order system for the physical version of The Silver Case HD, which is currently now open until October 20th, which Limited Run Games aims to then fulfill all orders placed by early December. After this cutoff point, no extra copies will be printed or available for general sale.
The physical version of The Silver Case HD is currently priced at $49.99 (roughly £39) and includes;
- Cardboard classic big-box PC case (each individually numbered depending how early you pre-order)
- Game disc containing a DRM-free installer
- Soundtrack CD
- 22-page Manga
- An artbook
- Beautiful two-piece foldout manual
- Steam key (for the deluxe edition)
This release will not be part of Limited Run Games standard numbered releases (currently at #23 with Thomas Was Alone) and instead will become its own subset for their PC releases going forward.
Weíve reached out to Limited Run Games to try and attain a sample copy of the release, to give potential collectors a better idea of the quality (of both product and postage) you can come to expect with their PC releases going forward.
Will you be picking up The Silver Case HD? Let us know in the comments below.
Limited Run Games are headed up by a team consisting of Mighty Rabbit Studios, a game developer based in North Carolina, USA - their first few titles were all published for the iOS platform.
Playism is a digital distribution platform for PC titles that is operated by Active Gaming Media.
Suda51 (Goichi Suda) has released a myriad of renowned gaming titles such as; killer7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw and is currently working on PlayStation 4 title Let It Die.