Fight Night Champion Offers Its Modes a la Carte on PSN

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As tipped off yesterday, Fight Night Champion is being offered a la carte over PlayStation Network beginning today—gamers can buy the boxing title's "Champion Mode," the cinematic narrative of fictious boxer Andre Bishop, for $5. If they enjoy that, they can add other game modes on a piecemeal basis.

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EA Sports made it official with a news release minutes ago. PS3 customers who buy Champion Mode at $4.99 can then extend their experience to Fight Now (the one-off offline fight mode) for another $5, or Legacy Mode, the create-a-boxer career experience, for $10, which also includes Boxer Share, the ability to upload and download created boxers. Full online play is another $10.

Altogether, it means Fight Night Champion's components cost $30 on PlayStation Network. That's its current retail price through GameStop (around $20 through used-copy sales channels like Glyde and Half.com, where online access is not guaranteed).

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For Xbox Live users, the game is available as a full title only, for $29.99. No explanation was given why PlayStation Network could offer individual game modes and Xbox Live could not.

Kotaku reached out to EA Sports for comment, but there is no indication that this kind of a la carte offering is planned for other titles the label publishes.


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Wow, what a nice change of pace. Normally I'm left shaking my head at asinine decisions that big companies make, but this is actually a great idea. Well, with the obligatory "if done right" qualifier.

I would love to see this roll over into more "standard" sports series, e.g. NFL, NBA, MBL, PGA, etc. If I had the option to just buy the Free Play mode for just (as an example) $20 at launch, that would make me a lot more likely to actually buy it right away. I don't usually play online because I get creamed to the point where it's not fun, and I don't do Franchise mode because I don't care enough for any sport to follow through with it the whole way. But for just an occasional game of ball? That's a great deal for up-to-date rosters and gameplay.

Or for shooters. Only play Capture The Flag? No problem, just $10. Only want the single-player or co-op campaign? Same deal. This would be especially great for older shooters that don't have the same online support as the newer models, like say MW2 or Halo 3.

Seriously, the more I think about this the more I like it. I really hope this does well enough to warrant a closer look by other studios as well.