One of the less immediately noticeable effects of the move to digital distribution as one of the main ways people get theirs video games is that suddenly it becomes much easier to “lose”
The most famous example of this type of digital-induced scarcity is, of course, that of Hideo Kojima silent Hill teaser P.T., what time it just exists on increasingly fewer PlayStation 4s (and in the minds of everyone who has played it, where his legend of the splendor of horror it just grows). But there is a smaller, but still vocal contingent, that has been asking a similar question over the past 6 years: Where the hell is Scott Pilgrim game?
Designed to bond with Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world: the game translated the metaphorical concepts of O’Malley ‘video gamess books directly to a file River City Ransom-riffing fighting game, sending Scott and Ramona to fight on the mean streets of Toronto. Well regarded at the time, the game was particularly popular for its aesthetic touches, featuring designs by pixel art genius Paul Robertson and a soundtrack from chiptune favorites Anamanaguchi. And how P.T., it gained some legendary status due to scarcity in the following years, never since it was pulled from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 digital showcases at the end of 2014. It has become quite frustrating that both O’Malley and Wright have done this recently begged the Ubisoft publisher on Twitter to bring the game back in honor of its 10th anniversary (and the movie).
And here it is: the Scott Pilgrim the game is finally back. Perhaps hoping to distract attention from some of the files other things he was recently scolded for –including widespread allegations of abuse being ignored in the company’s ranks—Ubisoft revealed today that it will be launched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition later this year, bringing the cult classic out of the shadows and onto PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. Will the game be able to withstand all the expectations placed on it during its years of unavailability? Who can say.
That soundtrack still makes the ass, though.