Irem pulling games from PSN

Japanese publisher also withdraws from Home

Japanese publisher Irem, which owns the IP for arcade shoot-em-up R-Type, has announced that it will pull a number of its games from PSN on August 11, as well as removing all themes and wallpapers relating to the titles.

The company's Home presence will also be largely closed down from September 1, although a couple of areas will remain.

The games affected are:

  • R-Type Tactics (PSP)
  • Mousukesu based on Carton-kun (PSP)
  • Bumpy Trott Beagle Battle Tournament (PSP)
  • Ikuze! Gensan Yuyake Daikou Monogatari (PSP)
  • R-Type Tactics II Operation Bitter Chocolate (PSP)
  • Sengoku Esatsu Yugi Hototogisu Ran (PSP)
  • Sengoku Esatsu Yugi Hototogisu Dairan (PSP)
  • Narisokonai Eiyuutan: Story of the Sun and Moon (PSP)
  • R-Types (Game Archives)
  • R-Type Delta (Game Archives)
  • Gussun Paradise (Game Archives)
  • Irem Arcade Classics (Game Archives)

Influential ex-Irem developer Kazuma Kujo left the company in May to form Granzella, a new studio in central Japan, taking a number of staff with him.

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Latest comments (3)

Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 10 years ago
ah, and what will happen to those who bought the games and formated their harddisc? how will you be able to get the game back you paid for? this is why I don't like digital distribution..
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 10 years ago
Before we get all excited, keep in mind that a) there's no indication here that Sony will not allow re-downloads for those who've already bought the game, and b) even if they don't, for those that really want to keep the game through disk failures or changes, Sony does offer the ability to back up and restore your PS3 HDD, preserving access to all of the DRM-protected stuff.

Regardless: digital distribution isn't the problem here. The problem is DRM. I have plenty of digitally distributed e-books that are among the most safely preserved things I own, since I have many copies of them in various places and they're in a standard format (EPUB) that I am unlikely to lose access to. On the other side of things, I have broken PS2 game discs that are now lost because I had no way of making a copy of them and I can no longer get a replacement from the manufacturer.
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Luke McCarthy Indie Game Developer 10 years ago
Did they give a reason why?
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