End Is Nigh for Watchmen’s digital exclusivity

With Warner Interactive’s beat ’em up, Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part I causing some murmurs as a digital-only release back in March, news came of the publisher’s decision to re-release the first episode along with the upcoming second part in physical form as a retail package.

Watchmen: The End Is Nigh to explode into stores after Warner’s “risky experiment” failed

Warner’s head of games for the UK, Spencer Crossley, explains how the primary decision to release the game digitally and episodically was reached as it was the best way the game could “meet the timeline to launch with the film.”

There are hopes that the game will get its second wind with another coinciding release, “With the retail version launching with the DVD, we are combining Parts I and II to offer extended gameplay to consumers. We will also have Part II available for digital download.”

Is this a step in the wrong direction for digital retail or a victory for those who like to caress the game box and gently break the seal when they buy a game…Or is that just me?

Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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