September 27, 2011 (AU, EU, HK, NA)
November 15, 2011
|Jun 2016 - Mar 2017 - PlayStation 3 (AU, EU, NA)
February 17, 2021 - Steam
|Sony Online Entertainment (PlayStation 3)
Recoil Games (Steam)
|PlayStation 3 (HK)
|Rochard homepage [Archive]
Rochard was delisted from the PlayStation 3 sometime between June of 2016 and March of 2017. We last confirmed that the game was available in June 2016 and found the earliest mention of its disappearance in March of 2017.
The game was published on PlayStation 3 by Sony Online Entertainment which separated from Sony in 2015 and reformed under new ownership as Daybreak Game Company. Several SOE titles were delisted around this time but Rochard, along with others, was not among them. The fact that Rochard was only delisted on PlayStation 3 suggests that the cause was the change from Sony Online Entertainment into Daybreak Game Company. It is equally possible that Daybreak sought to keep the game available but removed it as Recoil Games appeared to have gone dormant.
Recoil Games would ultimately announce on February 17th, 2021 that Rochard had been removed from Steam and that the company was unable to find a new home for the game before completing their bankruptcy proceedings. Their statement follows:
Dear Rochard customers,
Recoil Games has applied for bankruptcy quite a while ago. We’ve been trying hard to find a new home for the game. Unfortunately there were no offers that would have enabled the bankruptcy estate to close the deal. The bankruptcy estate will soon be closed and the publishing agreement with Steam will be terminated.
This means Rochard can no longer be purchased on Steam. However, the game will remain available in your Steam libraries as is.
Thank you for your understanding.
As of February 2021 Rochard remains available exclusively on PlayStation 3 in Hong Kong regions.
About the Game
Embark on a gravity-bending journey across the Solar System! Join the amazing exploits of space miner John Rochard as he discovers the first real proof of extra-terrestrial life. Narrated in a humorous cartoony style, Rochard is an epic story of villains, a damsel in distress and an alien civilization that features hours of non-stop action, mind-blowing gravity gameplay, exploration and puzzle-solving in a side-scrolling single player adventure.
- Play as John Rochard, an ordinary space miner whose bad day has just gone worse.
- Manipulate gravity at will to leap huge distances and shift the playfield in your favor.
- Use the G-Lifter to hurl nearby objects at opponents.
- Solve tricky puzzles that test your coordination and wits.
- Experience up to 8 hours of gameplay in five chapters of epic space adventure.
- Discover the story of an alien civilization through Native American legends.
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