In a surprise move, UK publisher Codemasters had confirmed that Sony is to take over sales and distribution duties for the upcoming Colin McRae: Dirt 2 on both PS3 and PSP.
The deal echoes Sony’s swoop to capture the PlayStation publishing rights to Atari’s Ghostbusters earlier this year – though unlike that deal, Dirt 2 will not be a timed PlayStation exclusive and will still be released on Xbox 360, Wii and DS alongside PS3 and PSP on September 11th.
“To have Colin McRae: Dirt 2 represented by the platform holder during the new PS3 system’s launch window is testimony to the strength of the game and its commercial relevance,” Codemasters’ senior VP of publishing for EPAC Axel Herr stated.
“The Colin McRae series has enjoyed a great affinity with the PlayStation brand in PAL territories for over 10 years and we’re proud to have the support and ambition of SCEE behind it during this key time for both the PS3 and PSP.”
The agreement covers all PAL territories except Spain (Warner Bros), Australia and New Zealand (Namco Bandai).