Four years after the original game’s release, and eleven years after the PSP’s launch, Retro City Rampage is releasing on the console, making the game available on every Sony console with the PlayStation Store. Speaking about the surprise release, creator Brian Provinciano said:
Surprise! Retro City Rampage: DX is out now for PSP, and it’s FREE for all PS4, PS3 & PS Vita owners! This makes it a momentous 4X Cross Buy ! […] The PSP port surprisingly dates back to ’09. It was shelved in favor of the PS Vita version, but after the success of the PS4, PS Vita and MS-DOS retail releases, the dream of having the game on UMD suddenly seemed viable. I started finishing it up as a side project, but unfortunately, UMD production halted without warning and made that impossible. Despite the news, I decided to release it anyway; digitally, for free to owners of the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita versions. […] The PSP was one of the first platforms I worked on after entering the industry, and RCR:DX’s PSP version is my opportunity to give it a nice send off. The handheld will always hold a place in my heart, both as a gamer and as a developer. With UMD production discontinued and the PS Store on PSP closed, Retro City Rampage: DX will likely mark the final PSP game ever released, but it can still be downloaded onto your PSP via your download list, or via USB using your PS3 or PC.
Along with this news, it was also announced that Retro City Rampage DX would be receiving a physical reprint on PS4. At 30$, the first three thousand copies will come with the game, a steam key, and a special PSP retail case (UMD not included).
The developers of Retro City Rampage, Vblank Games, are currently hard at work on its follow-up: Shakedown Hawaii, which is releasing for PC, PS4, Vita, and 3DS.