Superstars V8 Racing joins a slowly growing line-up of full games that are skipping retail releases in favor of PlayStation Network. Although released as a retail game in Europe, Superstars V8 Racing will be available exclusively through the PlayStation Store when it's brought to America this October, carrying a download-friendly price of $19.99

Greg Lanz, general manager of O-Games, Inc. admitted that the game was supposed to be a packaged product, but the PSN option should provide a better value. "Our original plan was to release this game at retail ... since we do not have to pay the costs to manufacture, package, and ship the product to retail. The bottom line? Gamers can now own a $40 game for half the price they would pay in-store." But considering the middling reviews the game has received in Europe, it may be best that it makes its debut in budget form.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.