Archangel Gets PSVR Price Drop, Rift And Vive Versions Launch

by Jamie Feltham • August 2nd, 2017

When Skydance Interactive’s Archangel launched on PlayStation VR (PSVR) two weeks back it costs $39.99. That’s on the upper-end of what we’ve seen for VR games thus far, and it kept some from picking it up. From today, however, Archangel has a new price.

Skydance is dropping the game to $29.99 on the very day it launches for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for the same price. The drop comes surprisingly soon after launch, which suggests it may be a reaction to sales so far, but that’s just speculation on our part. Whatsmore, Archangel is also launching on PSVR in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey today.

The game is an on-rails shooter in which players pilot a giant mech and fight off swarms of enemy units. On PSVR players could use either a DualShock 4 or two Move controllers to control the mech’s arms, aiming projectile weapons and punching nearby obstacles. With the PC VR versions you’ll be able to use the Touch controllers and Vive wands respectively.

Archangel boasts high-production values but is also short in length, lasting anywhere between three or five hours. That made the high price even more of an issue for some. We liked some of the game’s elements but found the story to be overly intrusive of the arcade gameplay.

“Archangel is an ambitious game, just in the wrong ways,” we said in our 6/10 review. “The on-rails gameplay provides a few hours of forgettable fun, but the emphasis on a generic story and cast is to its detriment. VR can blend narrative and interaction together in meaningful ways, but Archangel fails to capitalize on them. Still, this is one of the more polished VR shooters out there at the moment, especially on PSVR, and those of you with itchy trigger fingers will probably find a satisfying distraction here.”

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  • M0rdresh

    It’s about time we distance ourselves from the “length” of games just as we not going to shoot down a good movie just because it’s 90 minutes long instead of 2 hours or more, essential pacing aside. At the same time, it’s about time the VR industry understands that you cannot really go below 90 minutes without falling in the short-movie category and as such require a minimum criteria to belong at the box office and for said audience to spend money. Pardon the analogy, you get the point, I hope.

    • Dave Hemke

      For a story based or mission based game, I think length is certainly a fair factor for informing a potential consumer’s purchase decision. All things being equal – including price, I’d rather purchase a game with (12) 20 minute chapters/missions than one with (6) such chapters or missions.

      I do agree that length probably shouldn’t factor into a quality rating, but ought to be explicitly called out right along side it and should be baked into any “buy or pass” type conclusions or recommendations for a certain price point.

      So, assuming this is a great game, if it is only a few hours long, it is probably of less value to most people than a similar great game with a play through 3 or 5 times longer. Given that, if the ‘full length’ game is ~$60, then this movie short game, to borrow your analogy, is worth something less, maybe $20-$40.

    • selderane

      Time is an important measure to mitigate shortcomings. You may be more forgiving of a subpar game if you’re given more of it.

      For me, a 90-minute movie needs to be amazing to spend full ticket price on it.

      Now, I prefer short games, but I still want my money’s worth. 6/10 three hour vs. 6/10 10 hours, I’m gonna go the latter in most cases.

  • Keith.

    Bought it on launch day and still haven’t finished it — great game, though.

  • Rothgarr

    When does the price drop for Archangel hit the US store? It still shows up as $39.99 for me.

    • selderane

      I’m in the US and the Oculus store says it’s $29.99.

      • Rothgarr

        Sorry, I was referring to the PS VR version.

    • Yeah man, that’s what I’m seeing still, too. Days later, and the price hasn’t budged… did we miss something?
      Is the price due to shift on the next store refresh, or did UploadVR get their wires crossed?

      • Rothgarr

        Looks like the price drop is finally showing up on the playstation store. But it looks like it’s $31.99. I believe you get an extra 5% off if you have a PS Plus subscription.