I was looking forward to this game even though I haven't played any of Quantic Dream's earlier games like Heavy Rain. I much prefer digital because I've been primarily a PC user and such I am accustomed to Steam, and because when I finally decided to get in on the console goodness (fairly late in the cycle) I bought the Super Slim PS3. It was cheap and I had a spare hard drive. I had heard the Blue-ray drive was somewhat noisy on the model which didn't matter too much as I was planning on using it as little as possible.
I soon realized that a fair number of PS3 exclusives that I wanted to play where actually Disc only, games like God of War 3, Resistance 3, Valkyria Chronicles, 3D Dot Game Heroes and of course, Heavy Rain.
While I can understand that some of the slightly older games might not be on PSN as it was probably a different time and digital services and hadn't caught on to the same degree as it have now, (though I would have thought they by now, would have had plenty of time to get it done) but it really boggles my mind as to why a brand new game like Beyond Two Souls doesn't launch on PSN. Have they made some deal with retailers to not release digitally? Because I can think of no other logical reason.
Sony have made it clear that they are very focused on digital services for the next generation. Why not begin by having major exclusive titles such as Beyond Two Souls. always have a digital version, and further more, get these aforementioned classic games on PSN. I know that Sony probably isn't to directly to blame as it is probably the developer who decides whether to release digitally, but I would think it to be in Sony's best interest to push developers to always release on PSN.
I guess I will have to buy it on disc or maybe wait for a digital release in the future, though I might have lost interest in playing it at that point.