PAIN hitting US PSN this week

Early January in Euroland.

Sony has said that PAIN - Idol Minds' quirky game about flinging people into a city and watching them get knocked silly by skyscrapers - will be released on the PlayStation Store this Thursday in the US.

What of Europe? According to associate producer Jason Coker, "Looks like our friends in Europe are ready for PAIN, and I'm happy to report that we are working on getting the European release out ASAP."

So that's the non-answer answer. And it may well be that we don't see it immediately, as Sony's most recent announcement of upcoming European Store content listed the game as December.

Update bit: Sony UK has now gotten back to us and explained that the game has actually slipped a bit in Europe, and won't be with us until "early January", so watch out for it then (or buy it with a US credit card). Updatey bit ends.

When it launches in the US, we also know it will cost USD 9.99. Senior producer Travis Williams, in a separate post, commented that he believes PAIN "is a lot of game for that price".

According to the official website FAQ, there will also be "new content monthly and quarterly".

Check out our PAIN PS3 gamepage for more, including screenshots and trailers.

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