Sony goes no-UMD for Patapon 2 in US

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After rumours over the course of the Easter weekend, Sony has confirmed that Patapon 2 will not be getting a UMD release in the US. Instead, the game will be available solely as a digital download from PSN come its release May 5th.

We’re considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content,” remarks Sony’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold.

If this works out for Sony (i.e. leads to good sales of the game) it is likely they could adopt a no-UMD for more PSP games in the future. Furthermore, if the UMD-less future PSP rumour is true, then this could very well be Sony’s first attempt to turn both owners, and perspective owner of the handheld towards the download market.

[Thanks, Ars Technica]