Tetris Effect is currently $20 new at BestBuy and Gamestop. Not too bad a deal if it's your thing. I can't remember what I saw on GS but BB had the option to buy it online. it's nothing I want or need, but it's an option for those that maybe want a copy but don't care about the other stuff.
I think it's past time to let go of what LRG was planned to be back before Breach and Clear released on vita. They've broken pretty much all of those plans and adjusted as a company and is currently something different. Now they are just another publisher at this point except much slower in bringing things to market. Maybe we can talk about the company without it seeming like some personal attack. They are a business. They have a large staff to support. So they will continue to sell a lot of stuff to try and meet those demands. We have a first with the second run of Night Trap. We've had other stores selling games on LRG since the SRG partnership. And digital games stopped being preserved around the time of Rainbow Moon when they shipped too close to launch and so didn't have patches and stuff. They are a mass producer of limited print games now. Really it was inevitable they'd lose that indie grass roots thing they had with Breach and Clear if they grew beyond the two man team... and of course that happened. So we have reprints of common cheap classic console games and now a reprint of a regular retail release game. Times change. Your view of what the company is needs to adjust to see them as they are now not as how you wish they were.
It's not that a company, any company, needs to change some to stay solvent, it's the cash grabs and their straight up ideology change. They said they are gamers and collectors too (which I believe) and they don't like aspects of how those communities are treated at times but big publishers, and now they're doing the exact same thing they hated.
They can be a smaller publisher. That's fine. In my honest opinion, that had to happen sooner or later for their company to survive because the business model set forth with the Vita releases was not sustainable. And they are still providing a great avenue for smaller devs to get their game out there, because pretty much any LRG release gets mainstream coverage. That is not in dispute.
But what I laid out above isn't entirely what they are doing, and they have been getting away even from that more and more. I think something like this, with 'Tetris Effect,' is a prime example. It's a year old game, originally published by Sony with a big print run. A print run that is still available readily and has seen a price drop by 50% earlier this year (to the current $20). A price we all know is lower than whatever LRG will charge for their reversible foil cover version with lovely patches.
There's a difference in adjusting your business to survive and feeling slimy, and, unfortunately, LRG feels more slimy nowadays than anything else.