There are a few things that I don't approve of when it comes down to the progression of the gaming industry, and digital distribution is one of them. I don't mind it with smaller downloadable games for consoles, but I'd rather not see it for handhelds. According to an insider source whose spilled the beans to Ars Technica, the PSP's next Patapon game will not be arriving with a UMD disc, but instead with a coupon code for a download, as well as arriving on the PSP's PlayStation Store.
AT's source states that if you go to the store, inside the PSP case will be a coupon (and most likely a booklet), which will set you back $20. But if you feel like you don't need any of that stuff and just want to download and play from PSN, that'll cost you $15. Because Patapon is a very small game in size, it doesn't make much sense to place it on a UMD, so I understand why Sony would do this. But at the same time, I'd still gladly pay an extra $10 for a proper copy of the game, one I can slide into my library. Additionally, I also don't feel like carrying around a bunch of memory sticks with me if this takes off, especially since they're so easy to lose.
Remember, this is all just a rumor and nothing has been confirmed. But Ars Technica has reiterated that their source is credible and has been right time and time again, so we're inclined to believe this rumor. Still, it's just a rumor, so stay posted until we get a confirmation.
Related Game(s): Patapon 2