Diablo-inspired first-person RPG Borderlands 2 will be downloadable on the PlayStation Network and the PC on its release date instead of weeks later, we learned today. That means no trip to GameStop or Best Buy to pick up a retail copy — a boon for consumers and their valuable time.
It’s common for PC games to be available as downloads on day one — in fact, digital downloads have largely replaced retail sales on the PC platform. But full, “triple-A” console games (the ones that sell for $60) are usually only available at retail at first.
Microsoft has been particularly slow at offering day-one downloads, but Sony has dabbled with it before. For example, the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 3 was also downloadable on its launch day. Nintendo has said that all of its first-party Wii U games will be available as day-one downloads, and that it will encourage third parties to do the same on its platform.
Earlier this year, we interviewed Sony SVP Scott Rohde, who said that he believes that digital distribution is “inevitable” for Sony and for the industry in general. Borderlands 2 launches on Tuesday, September 18 — next week.