Demos shouldn’t be free and are a luxury that people have got used to over the years. Please do not be mistaken for thinking that these are the thoughts of PlatformNation, in fact they are the thoughts of Crytek, the guys behind Crysis and the upcoming sequel Crysis 2. It is in response to the news that EA are thinking of charging $10-$15 for a demo. Here is a quote from the CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli,
A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don’t have in other industries such as film. Because we’ve had this free luxury for so long, now there are plans to change this people are complaining about it. The reality is that we might not see any free game demos in the long term.
The full article can be found after this jump.
One method that may be more acceptable and gamers may embrace is if this could be seen as a deposit which allows them to buy the retail version for a discounted price equal to the money they paid for the demo. Even in this example its difficult to see a situation where gamers will ever pay for a demo.
There are so many game reviews available (none better than your very own PlatformNation ones), that gamers will probably rely on review opinions and spend the ‘demo’ money on the retail games.
Anyway, PlatformNation would like to know your opinion on this issue as it sounds like it’s coming our way whether we like it or not. So leave a comment below, jump onto our forums or why not contact the Platformnation podcast with your thoughts on this?