The XBLA game with the overly long title of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One
finally got some real details. Hothead games, the developer, released the game's final price, $19.99 (1600 MSpts). It remains to be see how the game will sell with a relatively high (for an XBLA game) price. It also remains to be seen what form of episodic game Penny Arcade Adventures
will end up being. With a price of twenty dollars it seems more likely to be Half Life 2
style episodes (which debuted at the same price). The only other real episodic gaming example that would apply would be the Sam and Max
episodes. Those however are $8.95 and have a monthly release cycle. What path PAA
takes remains to be seen, but if it does end up following the Half Life 2
model, expect at least a trilogy of games with an overarching story across them all.