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Pain coming back to PlayStation Network as free-to-play title

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Pain, the 2007 PlayStation 3 action game first released as a downloadable title through Sony's PlayStation Network, is coming back as a free-to-play game, Sony announced at the Brazil Game Show today.

The updated version is being developed by Argentinian studio QB9, which takes over for original developer Idol Minds. Adam Boyes, vice president of publisher and developer relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said QB9 is one of the developers to come from Sony's Latin American PlayStation incubation program.

According to Sony, "all the original content and gameplay mechanics remain intact" in the free-to-play version of Pain, in which players launch characters at objects and buildings to cause destruction and inflict pain.

The original Pain saw a wide array of downloadable content released over the years, including add-on characters David Hasselhoff, Fat Princess, Flavor Flav and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as well as new environments.

The free-to-play version of Pain's release date and territories weren't announced today.