Update (Sun 13th Jun, 2021 07:15 BST): During Devolver Digital's E3 broadcast, it gave fans a proper look at Demon Throttle - a physical-only release coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Here's a bit about it, along with a first look.
"Demon Throttle tells the story of a beautiful vampiress and dusty gunslinger on a quest for vengeance against a demon that stole her mystical chalices and slept with his estranged wife. Now the two unlikely companions must blast their way through four monstrous generals and their wicked domains in order to lift the demon’s curse and exact their revenge."
It's available exclusively through Special Reserve Games and pre-orders are now open. You can get a Collector's Edition ($39.99 USD) or Standard Edition ($29.99 USD).
Original article (Thu 10th Jun, 2021 01:55 BST): There's often quite a lot of uproar when a developer or publisher announces a "digital-only" release, but today it's the opposite.
It's been revealed the edgy indie representative Devolver Digital will be publishing Doinksoft's new game Demon Throttle as a physical-only game, with the help of the distributor Special Reserve.
This information was revealed via a "sponsored leak" on the Twitter account, @Wario64. It was also retweeted by the official Devolver Digital account:
Doinksoft is best known for the 2D Metroidvania Gato Roboto. There's no information about this new game right now, but Devolver Digital recently said it had five new games to reveal at its E3 showcase this year, including a mention of Doinksoft's new game.
How would you feel about a physical-only Nintendo Switch release? Leave a comment down below.
If this game remains physical-only on Switch for all time, this is legitimately a terrible business decision.
Whew, that'd be a unique one. But it's kinda cool at the same time? I hope the game's a callback to the era where digital games weren't a thing.
😉This will be a super rare limited run...
Huh? I assumed Nintendo's policy was that every physical game must have a digital release. What a strange decision. I guess this will become the Little Samson of Switch game cards.
I'm a physical collector, so I have no issue with physical-only releases (I'd argue it's only fair since there are also digital-only releases). I am a bit concerned with it being a Special Reserve Games release though since those generally get a small print to cover pre-orders and a few extra copies in case there are any defective ones, this is likely going to be a really tough game to get a hold of. I think the experiment would work better with a game getting a general retail release. That being said, I'm curious to see what the game's like. If it looks fun, I'd definitely like to get a copy!
So, I will need choose the others around 200 digital games on my whislist. And I will no be alone.
no digital version of a game 2d is same than a certificate of overpriced.
@JJtheTexan The Labos never had any digital release, either.
@alexybubble The labos and ring fit need a phisical acessory. Is pointless sell a digital version.
Digital collector here, it's an easy pass for me
The Skylanders game (remember that?!) that launched with the Switch, as well as Ring Fit Adventure, and the Labo games are also physical only. I'm sure there are a tiny handful of others, but I can't recall them at this point.
I would have bought Mario Kart Live if it included a cartridge, but I've skipped it because it makes no sense whatsoever for a game tied to a physical toy to not come with a physical cartridge/disc.
Incidentally, my copy of Space Invaders: Invincible Collection (European version) arrived yesterday, and at the moment, that too is physical only. The Japanese version had a wider retail release, but it doesn't include English support. For those interested, you're better off with the significantly cheaper Space Invaders Forever release, which comes with three of the best games from the Invincible Collection anyway (and the other games are nothing special).
@VIIIAxel Maybe they'll do a Limited Run Games style open preorder. Let everyone who wants the game have a month long period to get it. Should cover most of the people who might be interested.
Art looks like its by Guillaume Singelin. Might have to buy for that alone..l
@alexybubble great point!
@Indielink SRG usually does those, the concern is more for after the period ends. If people hear about the game later and decide they're interested, they'll be out of luck. Of course, that's always been an issue with limited-print physical releases, but those at least had a digital alternative as well. That's not the case here unfortunately. I'm not mad about it, but I do think this idea would work better for a general retail release.
@RandomGamesAndStuff eh, I like updates.
@FlashBoomerang you can buy the Labo kits separately so it wouldn’t be to bad to have it digital.
That was one thing I didn’t like about the Labo that they didn’t offer a digital version.
This would have been a much better solution for small kids.
I don't understand why these game companies feel that gimmicks like these are good? Why can't they just make a product and sell it? And by selling I mean through normal sales channels and at least for the lifetime of a platform, not "buy it now from X outlet or be left out forever" schemes.
@FlashBoomerang There is actually a digital edition of Ring Fit, although I’m not sure if it’s sold anywhere outside of Japan.
Obviously the Ring-Con itself is physical, but the game is downloaded instead of on a card. It makes dipping in and out of the game marginally easier, although probably completely destroys any potential resale value.
What a swell bunch of lads
sometimes I wonder if devolver will ever get another joke
Wouldn’t be the first; Razion EX had a limited physical release (talk of possible reprint as all sold out in 5 min) but no eShop release and reportedly no plans for one.
Gato Roboto launched on Switch with such ridiculous amounts of game breaking bugs that it was a challenge to finish for weeks and even then, getting locked and forcing a reboot in some cases was never fixed. Easiest game to break that I've personally ever played. I gave up on the game, even though I like Devolver Digital.
Hearing that Doinksoft is making a physical only game makes me think it'll release broken and stay that way forever, so even if I thought this pointless gimmick was a good idea (I don't), I still wouldn't buy it because of Doinksoft.
Ironic for a company with digital in its name to do this. U never know with these guys huh? Guess I'm not getting it I have enough physicals already.
My Switch is 100% all digital, but I can’t resist a new game from the Gato Roboto team. That game rules. I’m in.
@Shepdawg1 Probably not. A) The game gets way more attention this way and B) This is a statement that builds a very special image of the developer and/or publisher.
Cooking Mama Cookstar atm is also physical only. Nintendo pulled it off the eshop shortly after release.
I wish all games were physical only imo people are making a huge mistake giving away their ownership rights to their games. Yes i know about the whole 'its a licence anyway' argument which is bs because its only de jure a licence not de facto.
Even with patches the vast majority of games still ship playable from the physical copy.
If they kill physical they kill gaming imo.
@Shepdawg1 This is a management decision straight out of the Nintendo playbook. Create demand via scarcity.
Physical only? So it's not available on the eShop? Wait can they do that? Still even with a physical release you still had to go through the inspection process with Nintendo and buy cartridge from them. I hope they don't lose money going this route.
The same site Maxz mentioned with digital Ring Fit also sells Labo the same way.
If this is going to be physical-only... I've yet to be amazed by anything Devolver, I'm not about to go for what likely amounts to buying a game blindly, months before it gets printed and sent out, and so possibly months before the game is even finished. Keep that kind of stuff on Kickstarter.
Just like Darius or Soldam, I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up on the eShop eventually after 1-2 years or so.
I have Razion EX, which is physical only, too. Excellent game, i whish more people would have access to it.
Hey Jim, our game kinda sucks, how are we going to sell it?
-What about the fanatics that scream on forums all day about physical releases like digital distribution is some conspiracy theory or something?
What about them?
-Well, if we make the game PHYSICAL ONLY, we'll become their new Jesus or something by "stick'en it" to all the digital woke sheepole, they'll all buy it, none of them will DARE make a bad comment about it or risk being shunned by the rest of their cult, and without mass distribution no one will be able to review it and tell everyone it sucks!
You sir, might just be the smartest person alive.
Would be cool if they actually make this a 30 day open preorder and not limited in copies.
I'll probably buy just because it's physical only. That's cool
@JJtheTexan I thought that was the policy too.
Max PASS + sounds like a feminine hygiene product. :v
Odd decision. I know folks on here love their physicals and I respect that but the convenience of digital is just too good for me. Also, environmentally friendly.
@HeadPirate lol. This must be real and I want the audio.
Special reserve? Oh ye god's of old that'll take about a year before it see's the light of day.
@Sawdy it's a 4 month window for open pre-order.
Looks kinda like King's Knight, which was a pretty OK game, but nothing I'd pay $30 for...
@Shepdawg1 Definitely when it's not even a worldwide release. I love the idea, but not enough to get past my hate for the idea of having to pay "customs" and "import taxes" and ridiculous shipping costs on anything, let alone the already high price of a game I'm only slightly interested in as an actual game (and that interest is still mostly just the collector in me, just because it got special attention because of this special treatment).
Good for them, but I'm physically not in the market for it (pun shamelessly intended). We didn't even get Nintendo's own OG Fire Emblem, and the chances of a card-exclusive indie showing up on our shelves are pretty much nonexistent. As far as me and my wallet are concerned, this is Tales of the Abyss 3D all over again. ¯(ツ)/¯
Interesting. I collect physical but I see this new practice as dangerous.
It's pushing artificial scarcity to new levels and most people don't seem to see how problematic that is.
Remember how fishing work? One of the first red flags is when a email is sending you a request with a sense of urgency, well here you go.
You think DLCs are a predatory practice? This is worse. Remember Mario 3D Collection? This is worse. This is purposely telling people they will never get to experience a game if they don't buy within the first few months. This is not for the players, and there shouldn't be a single media outlet praising this initiative.
This and those Super rare shorts games are unbelivable bad. I'm saying this as someone who prefer physical releases over digital, I like to belive it when these small boutique lables says they do it to preserve the games. But this is on a whole new level of bad.
1. This is extra pandering to scalpers
2. People have no idea if the games are good or not
3. If this is a succsess, you can expect more low level turds to get released this way. Why do a good job when a bad one gets enough money?
"That demon kissed my wife - or something."
Couldn't care less about a physical-only game. In a world where scalpers always spoil limited releases, this is anti-cutomer at its finest.
Wow, an indie game that gets the NES aesthetic right? Haven't seen that too often. I know I'm sold already...
Also, I absolutely adore how everyone in these comment sections abhor digital versions of games (myself included tbh), but are now up at arms...over a physical-only release?! xD Come on guys...get over yourselves. This is what the publisher wanted, so you'll have to deal with it! Games didn't even have digital releases until the Wii era. Remember what gaming was like back then? Why do you want to not go back to that time so badly? O_o
I don't have the nostalgia for physical games. It was nothing but a right pain in the ass to get anything. It was hard to find anything if you live in a small town. So road trips just to buy a game (Yes even big first party releases). Even in a college town if I didn't preorder a game that wasn't a Halo or Gears they won't have more than the number of preorders.
Making your game a physical only release in limited quantities is a good way to make me never want to buy any of your games again. Physical only I’m okay with, but limiting the amount of copies printed so that if I want to buy the game I’ll have to fork over a billion dollars to some eBay scalper is just anti-consumerism through and through.
@EmmatheBest I would gladly go back to a world without digital releases and day 1 patches. What I don't like about this particular type of physical exclusive release is you have no idea if the game is actually good, you can't wait until after release unless you will pay a small fortune to scalpers, and it will likely lead to indie devs and small devs pushing out Life of black tiger level shovelware this way
I've been missing King's Knight, and after seeing the trailer I'm so disappointed it's physical only.
This seems really silly. I know a lot of people like physical games, but digital games were the only way I was able to get into video games. My absolutely mother hated discs, so I never really played many games when I was little. But now with digital games, I can just have them on the system. Again, this is really dumb. Doesn’t even seem that profitable. Sell a few copies and then nothing ever again? That’s weird.
$10 USD (33% more) gets you a cardboard sleeve?
This is a fun gimmick...or an awful artificial scarcity ploy. Both? I think I'm in.
Nice, I Always go for physicals.
My Mario Odyssey cartridge is 1.3 pre-patched.
My Breath of the Wild cartridge is 1.6 pre-patched.
Well this is a wonderful way to ensure you get less sales. My fear is with physical only there'll be no way of getting proper updates as the cart could be useless if there are bugs etc. No way I am buying a physical only game in this day and age. I was interested in this one too and had it down to preorder when it went live on the eshop. Yikes...big yikes.
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