Once Sony began to remove PlayStation 2 backward compatibility functions from the PlayStation 3, I knew it was only a matter of time until classic PS2 games began to turn up for sale in downloadable format via the PlayStation Network. Sony has denied such a thing for quite some time, but it really seems inevitable. Now a document supposedly leaked from Sega of America of all places details the coming PS2-to-PSN plans, plus a selection of Sega Dreamcast games up for digital grabs. Kotaku has the details.
The notes mention two titles, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and an unspecified Sonic the Hedgehog game—there are seven Sonic-starring games for the PS2—as examples of candidates for release.
The same document also mentions what appears to be downloadable Dreamcast titles for the PlayStation Network. Those titles don't appear to be exclusive to the PlayStation 3, however, as the rumored meeting notes read "If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they're interested in having exclusively."
Depending on the cost of each downloadable game, this would be a great way to revisit those old classics that players may have missed last generation. I'm hesitant to spring for the original Ratchet and Clank trilogy when I still have a working PS2, but if — and that's if, since I think this is a step too far — the old PS2 games were updated with visual improvements, I might be tempted to double-dip and repurchase a beloved classic. As for the Dreamcast selections, I have to appreciate the idea of Sega offering games from its final console to the successor of the console beast that killed it. As an aside, Kombo has some additional information from the Sega document related to other aspects of the company's upcoming plans.