Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment America have announced that the upcoming Blu-ray release of 'District 9', which is scheduled to be released on December 29th, will feature a demo of the upcoming PS3-exclusive game 'God of War III'. After completing the demo, which is only playable on a PS3, users will be able to unlock an exclusive 'God of War III' making-of featurette.
This marks the first time a movie and game demo have been paired on a Blu-ray in the US, and exploits the exclusive Blu-ray function of the PS3.
Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, commented, "We are thrilled to give consumers not only an incredible high definition presentation of District 9 and the wealth of bonus material about the movie, but also a taste of what is destined to be the biggest video game of 2010. This pairing of the movie and game demo is just another example of what is possible with the Blu-ray format."
Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, Marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA, continued, "Blu-ray functionality has long been a differentiator that separates the PS3 from other home entertainment systems. Through this collaboration with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment we're able to create a unique experience only available on the PS3 system that blends two of the most popular entertainment options available, watching District 9 and playing God of War III off the same disc."
The tie is is both are from Sony and they help promote each other. I originally had interest in purchasing District 9 on a blind buy and also very interested God of War 3 even though I never played the first 2. Putting them in one package makes it a no-brainer for me as a first-day purchase.
Why buy this movie just to get the God War III demo, when you can get the demo earlier if you can buy the God Of War I & II in HD collection pack which is coming out next month on the 17th which includes the God Of War III demo also.
I agree with kknight. Weird connection unless Sony is banking on the demographic for both the movie and game are the same. People who don't have a PS3 won't be able to exploit the demo and the people who have the PS3 will likely already have GOWIII on their wish list. I don't see how this is going to help them reach a wider audience.
I was really confused about the tie in here, but that was partly because I read this as being the animated '9' movie. So officially now both '9' and District 9 are coming out on 12/29/09? Seems a little weird.
"Why buy this movie just to get the God War III demo, when you can get the demo earlier if you can buy the God Of War I & II in HD collection pack which is coming out next month on the 17th which includes the God Of War III demo also."
It's coming out in Japan and the US in November. Europeans want see it until March. Extra incentive for me although District 9 would've been a day 1 purchase anyway.
Seems dumb to me: it's like putting free fruit into a bag of peanuts. if i want fruit, i'll buy fruit. this may turn off people who only want the movie, and embolden critics who say the PS3 is a gaming machine that plays movies.
Wow! You wouldn't believe how bad this movie was. No wonder they're packaging it with a much anticipated demo to a very good God of War franchise. It makes Cloverfield look awesome. Blind buyers be warned: you might want to rent or Netflix this movie before spending $30 on it. Just a thought. Can't wait for God of War III though.
There's going to be so many "mom's" or ignorant buyers that will pick up the wrong "9" movie. Who was the gene-ass that decided to release "District 9" on the same day as "9"? Whichever studio chose the date first should be the one who gets to release it that day. The other is better off releasing theirs on Feb 9th, 2010
Im only surprised it took them this long. With the Playstation 3 being by far the most prominant Blu-Ray player on the market attaching a Playstation 3 game demo to a Blu-Ray movie makes perfect sense. Not having to download the full demo from Playstation network will save much needed harddrive space so this a very welcome inclusion.
who ever says this movie was bad i am afraid to even see the list of movies u like i think i might die like those ppl in "the ring" with that disgusting look on my face. This movie was one of the best movies ever. What i wander is if i can buy this movie without the "God of War" demo, i don't have a PS3 (or any other system) so i don't want extra nonsense on my disk? any1 knows if it will come like an exclusive to a retail chain or something? or if there will be versions that do not include this demo? thx in advance.
Why are they doing this? What's one got to do with the other? And like someone else commented - if this is taking up space that Alive In Joburg could have had, then that actually makes me angry. (Alive In Joburg is the short film the movie is based on, and it's not in the extras!)
verbal - i don't like stuff beeing forced down my troath, sorry, but i have a problem with that. I rather get something extra on the disc instead of that demo. Thats just not space well spent unless i can get a copy of the movie either with something related to the movie or no demo at all.
idonotcarenow- but u don't have a PS3 so you'll never see this feature come up in your BD player so you're not forced down anything in terms of a GOW3 demo. Also I'm hoping that the demo comes in 2nd disc so the movie quality won't be affected from the demo taking up space. Unless we are charged little extra for the demo, then it's just a BONUS feature.
Wow this is a strange move and unwelcomed in my book. Why not allocate the wasted space to the movie or extras? I will wait until video reveiws are in before I buy this. I dont have PS3 and dont want any of its games on my blurays!
People complaining about this need to get perspective.
This demo at the very most will only take up 1.5 gigs. If you think that will compromise a two disc set release is patently ridiculous. This is a welcome adition that benefits some and doesn't negatively affect anyone.