When Dragon’s Lair was released on the new high-definition formats several months ago, we already knew about the development of Space Ace as well as Dragon’s Lair 2 for these same formats but we didn’t know when they’d be ready. Digital Leisure has announced that they will be bringing Space Ace to both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray on April 8th with an MSRP of $29.95 (lower than what they charged for Dragon’s Lair).
According to the available information, the game will look and play the same no matter which format you choose to go with (in glorious high definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German) and they’ll even include similar features including a PiP commentary and a Watch Mode where you can watch the whole game play out without actually playing it (in case you were never good enough to get very far on this game) although the HD-DVD version gets a one-up on the Blu-Ray version thanks to the standard web connectivity. In a first for either format, the HD-DVD will allow users to play “Head 2 Head” via their Leisure Online service and apparently multiple players will be able to play the game simultaneously. Blu-Ray misses out on this opportunity due to the fact that web connectivity is not a standard amongst all players as it is with HD-DVD (I guess this sort of thing happens when you rush your product to market unfinished). So due to this feature (where otherwise everything else is the same between the two) it sounds like the HD-DVD is the better deal no matter which side of the whole “format war” you find yourself on. But I don’t know how this type of game will work out online as it never was designed as a 2 player game so we’ll have to wait and see how it plays.