Digital download Watchmen games coming to retail (Update)

In an interview with 1UP, Deadline Games’ Søren Lund confirmed that their Watchmen games — a brawler in two parts for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network — will be coming to retail.

According to Lund, the disc will likely ship alongside (or close to) the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray release, scheduled for a July 21 release. The game’s publisher, Warner Bros., has told 1UP more details on the disc should be coming soon.

Watchmen: The End is Nigh hit consoles as a digital download in early March, to coincide with the release of the film. I was forced to play through the repetitive brawler’s six chapters for our review. That was quite enough to make me not want to play the still unreleased second game, which I can only imagine will be more of the same. You can only fight the same two fat and skinny dudes for so long, you know?

The smartest thing Warner Bros. can do with this disc is sell it at a low price point, and  include enough Watchmen fan-service content to make it worth anyone’s while. Otherwise, GameStop is going to be sitting on a lot of used copies of these things by August.

[Update: Warner has officially unveiled this, with a “Complete Experience” Blu-ray movie/game combo on two-discs, and the single-game DVD for Xbox 360. Both are shipping in July. Details — but no pricing — after the jump]

  • Watchmen: The End is Nigh The Complete Experience is an innovative, retail Blu-ray Hi-Def game and film hybrid which will include Watchmen: The End is Nigh  Parts 1 and 2 and the Watchmen: Director’s Cut on Blu-ray. This new cut of the action-packed blockbuster includes an additional 25 minutes of footage not seen in theaters only available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The two-disc collectible set will also feature exclusive artwork in a premium package. The game will be playable on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system which can also play the Blu-ray disc of Watchmen:  Director’s Cut.
  • Watchmen: The End is Nigh Parts 1 and 2 will now be available for the first time as a single game available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
  • Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 will be available for download on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for PlayStation®Network.  
Nick Chester