R-Type Publisher Pulling Games from PSN

Themes, games and Home space removed by September.

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R-Type Publisher Pulling Games from PSN
Just when we thought that the PlayStation Store was really getting into retro games in a big way, publisher Irem has announced that it will be pulling a selection of titles from the service on the 11th August - including a bunch of R-Type games.

The games that will be removed from PSN on this date include R-Types, R-Type Delta, Gussun Paradise and Irem Arcade Classics in the Game Archive section, along with PSP titles R-Type Tactics, Mousukesu based on Carton-kun, Bumpy Trott Beagle Battle Tournament, Izuke! Gensan Yuyake Daikou Monogatari, R-Type Tactics II Operation Bitter Chocolate, Sengoku Esatsu Yugi Hototogisu Ran/Dairan and Narisokonai Eiyuutan: Story of the Sun and Moon.

All themes and wallpapers relating to the above titles will also be removed from the Store, and Irem's PlayStation Home space will be closed down from the 1st September. Only one or two areas will remain after the shutdown. Jesus, it means business.

No reason was given for the about-face, but GI.biz notes that developer Kazuma Kujo had upped and left the company in May to form his own studio, taking a hefty chunk of Irem staff with him. Perhaps this had something to do with it. Or maybe not. Speculation! Discuss in the forums below.


CaptSkyRocket 22 Jul 2011 09:37
Noooooooooooooooo :-(
ghoti 22 Jul 2011 11:40
Wait. If I buy the R-Type games now, will I lose them when they're pulled from the store?
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Daz 22 Jul 2011 15:39

I wouldn't have thought so otherwise there'd be a lot of pissed off people, I'd also imagine that after the pull you can still download if you've already bought them(again a lot of pissed of people if not)
config 22 Jul 2011 16:01
@ghoti surely not. Once you've downloaded then, unless they have some sort of online aspect, they're yours to play.

Which beggars the question; why remove them? It's not like having them on PSN is a burden on Irem, is it? Unless Irem's having to host expensive online servers (which I don't see apply to the titles listed) it's surely a matter of money for old rope.
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