The PC version of Bionic Commando Rearmed costs an extra five dollars because of "different business terms/expectations in that sector and, more importantly, generally prevailing pricing of PC digital games versus their console counterparts".
That's according to Capcom's US VP of strategic planning, Christian Svensson, who told Shacknews, "It has nothing to do with piracy concerns" in an email on Friday night.
Bionic Commando Rearmed is due out on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, 13th August, where it will cost 800 Microsoft Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60 / USD 10.00). The PSN version's European release date is TBC (our money's on next Thursday), but the price is confirmed as GBP 6.99 / EUR 9.99 / USD 9.99.
Svensson pointed to portal sites for PC games released primarily through digital distribution to back up his point about pricing. "USD 14.99 represents an appropriate price for the platform and you should probably expect our PC pricing to always be slightly higher than the console equivalent in this space," he wrote.
The PC version of Bionic Commando Rearmed is due for release through Steam, Direct2Drive and other digital distributions platforms on 14th August.
Look for our review of BCR this week. In the meantime, you can check out our Bionic Commando Rearmed hands-on preview for preliminary thoughts.