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
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.