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[Update] Vita PlayStation All-Stars Purchase Does NOT Earn you the PS3 Version Free

November 12, 2012 Written by Jesse Meikle

[Update] We received an official response from SCEA PR: “If you purchase the PS3 version of the game (at retail or digitally) you get a digital copy of the PS Vita version at no additional cost. It does not work in the opposite direction.”

[Original] Sony has been heavily promoting the awfully generous “Cross-Buy” incentive, enabling you to own two copies of select multi-platform PS3/Vita titles, so long as you buy the PlayStation 3 version. Where SuperBot Entertainment’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is concerned, the story should end there—buy the home console copy, get both versions free. But, it sounds like that may not be the case, if an email from a  Sony rep is to be believed.

A user on the PlayStation All-Stars community forums, has shared an image of a Sony Customer Service reps reply to his inquiry about whether buying the Vita version of PlayStation All-Stars entitles you to the PS3-powered HD version of All-Stars. The representative had a very interesting reply:

The way I see it, there are four possibilities here:

  1. The email (which you can see in full here) is fake. This wouldn’t of been difficult to do, though I’m hard-pressed to imagine any kind of motive behind such an underwhelming forgery.
  2. The consumer rep was misinformed or mistaken. 
  3. When you buy the Vita version of PlayStation All-Stars, you get a complimentary digital edition of Battle Royale for the PS3.
  4. Sony is being run by South Park’s financially brilliant underpants gnomes.

We’ve reached out to Sony, and will update this article when we hear back.

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