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Trash Panic pay-to-play in Japan

Trash Panic pay-to-play in Japan

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Sony Japan has just re-released Gomibako (Trash Panic as it’s know in the West) in pay-to-play form. Alongside the regular version, which goes for ¥1,500, Japanese gamers can now opt to pay ¥100 at a time for three lives – the idea being to recreate the feel of a coin-op arcade machine. The hook is that there are areas of Home that can be unlocked with the pay-to-play version, but not with the regular version.
No plans have been announced to try anything like this outside of Japan, or with any other game, so we assume Sony is simply testing the waters to see if it takes off. Seems like a perfectly reasonably business model in principle, although we’d question the value of this particular deal. You’d have to play the game less than 15 times for it to work out cheaper, and that isn’t many ‘continues’ for a game like Trash Panic.




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