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'Runner 2' and other indie hits get rare physical releases

"Runner2" is limited to 3,500 copies and comes on March 17th.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
02.24.17 in AV

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Indie games don't often cross over into the physical world, so it's pretty notable when two separate companies make boxed games at once. Choice Provisions is partnering with Limited Run Games on a physical version of the Runner2 sidescroller on PS4 and PS Vita with 3,500 copies of each for sale online starting March 17th. Limited Run will also sell 1,000 copies of a (separate) limited Runner2 edition at its PAX East booth on March 10-12.

Later on, Choice Provisions and Limited Run will sell boxed versions of The Bit.Trip, Tharsis and Drive! Drive! Drive! Each of the limited run copies has nice-looking original artwork, adding to the collector (and fun) appeal. Pre-orders aren't allowed, and the company hasn't listed any prices yet, but Runner2 costs $15 on Steam as a download, so we'd guess a physical, limited edition would be more.

Badland and Thomas Happ Games will also be releasing Metroidvania-inspired Axiom Verge as a "Multiverse Edition" physical release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Wii U. The game received numerous awards when it launched in 2015, and Happ said that "as a solo developer, it's always been a dream of mine to see a game that I made end up on the store shelves."

The special edition will include "a copy of the game, a deluxe booklet with developer commentary and art, a double-sided poster, and an exclusive making-of documentary on DVD," the companies say. The DVD should be pretty interesting, as Happ developed the game all by himself over five years, including the programming, art, story and music.

The Multiverse edition will cost $30 (£25 in the UK) and arrive some time in the next quarter. There will also be a standard edition in a physical version with just the game for $19.99 and £14.99 in the UK.

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