What do you do when you are on the fence about buying a certain game? Most of you will say you’ll try the demo to see if the game is up to your standards. What if this will soon be a thing of the past and paying for demos is the new standard? If EA has a say in it, we will soon be doing so.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli believes we will see less and less free demos released in the game industry overall. According to him “it becomes prohibitively expensive” to make them. Due to this they aren’t even sure if a Crysis 2 demo will be a given as he stated, “That’s something we need to think about, because we haven’t fully decided on this yet.”
Yerli also feels that publisher Electronic Arts’ announced plans to possibly explore ways to release small versions of a full game for $10 or $15 is “interesting”. According to him EA’s plans for this haven’t been explained fully :
I understand why people are thinking that all EA wants to do is maximise profits out of the audience, but really, what it’s really trying to do is get investment back but while being as fair to the gamer as much as it can. Ultimately, it will be a better deal for the game.
Just imagine, paying $10 for a demo which you delete after 5 minutes because the controls are rubbish or it’s just not your thing. Wouldn’t you feel ripped off? Sure, this could work in the new ‘download all your games’ era where you buy a small portion of the game and then pay extra for additional levels or game play. It will be like paying for what you play. Not letting gamers decide if it warrants a purchase by playing a small demo is out of this world. Of course you could always buy the full game, try it, then sell it on E-Bay for the full price.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you think this is a new way of grabbing your pennies out of your pockets in an easy way, let’s say ‘the new horse armour’ or will paying for demos be a way to get their investment back? Share your views below.