Aksys Games this week said that the upcoming Playstation Network strategy RPG Record of Agarest War could end up being as big as 10GB, making it possibly the biggest PS3 download yet. The reason for this is probably because it wasn’t supposed to be a downloadable game at all.
The exact file size of the PS3 version of Record of Agarest War hasn’t been confirmed, but an Aksys Games administrator said that it would at least be in excess of 8GB. Few downloadable console games have even approached this size.
Record of Agarest War actually came out as a disc game in Japan for PS3 in 2007, on Xbox in 2008, and in Europe for PS3 this past October. The PS3 version is being released in the U.S. in Spring 2010 only for download while the 360 version will be on a disc because of Sony policy.
Sony Computer Entertainment America deems that any disc PS3 game releases in the U.S. that has voice acting must at least contain English voice acting. Aksys Games probably can’t afford to dub Record of Agarest War in English, but a game can be released on Playstation Network with Japanese-only voice acting so that’s where there putting it.
The fact that Record of Agarest War was originally built for retail is probably why it’s going to be so big on PSN. However, the Aksys administrator also confirmed that the PSN version will have content not in the 360 version, adding to its size.
Several retail PS3 games are also available on Playstation Network like Burnout Paradise and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, but most of those don’t even reach 4GB. Currently the largest game up there is Siren Blood Curse, which in North America is only available via download (despite having English voices). Each of that game’s 12 episodes is around 600MB, making for at least 7GB when downloaded all at once.
Sony America’s policy on voice acting for retail PS3 games is also what’s holding up the western release of Yakuza 3.