What’s up Platform Nation community? Let’s start with a couple of questions…
Q1: Hands up if you were disgusted by the news last month when Crytek suggested that we should all pay for games demos? (article here)
Keep your hand up if you played Halo Reach in the last couple of weeks.
Q2: If you still have your hand in the air, ask yourself was that a demo of Halo Reach you spent your time playing?
Q3: Final question. Do you remember the Halo 3 demo, it was good wasn’t it? No? That’s right there wasn’t one and I’ll eat my words if we ever see a Halo Reach demo (or at least one called a demo and not a Beta).
I love Halo and this is by no means a Halo witch hunt of an article, I just had to use that example to make my point. Figures were released earlier today (brought to you by GeminiAce) in the New York Times stating that more than 2.7 million gamers tried out the Reach beta since it was unlocked on the 3rd May and ended on the 20th May. Despite 2010 being a bumper year for games and arguably the best first five months of releases in a very long time, that’s a staggering number of players and testament to the fanbase that the Halo universe has built up but back to my main point. Did we all just pay for a demo?? Something we were disgusted at the very thought of?
It all just looks a bit ominous for gamers and the ‘free’ demo. EA have already started to talk about project $10 and Ubisoft have hinted that they will implement something similar. Add Crytek into the mix and you can see the trend appearing. If these companies even start to believe that a fraction of those 2.7 million gamers bought Halo ODST to play the Halo Reach Demo (beta) they why would they not try something similar for their big releases?
Anyway that’s just food for thought but we really want to hear your feedback.
Did you buy ODST just for the pleasure of playing the demo beta?