Well, according to CEO of game developers of Crytek, free demos of newly released games will no longer be available. If that becomes true, we wont have a chance to try a game before we buy a fully functional copy.
“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.” This followed the news that games publisher Electronic Arts (EA), were working on a “number of projects for delivering premium content to consumers before, during, and after the launch of a packaged-goods version of the game.”
Yerli’s opening sentence – “A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don’t have in other industries such as film.” – appears to make little sense. No “demos” in the film industry? Hmmm. He’s obviously never watched a trailer!
To my mind, demos are essential. So what if they cost money to make? That’s something which I’m sure is reflected in the cost of games. Certainly, I’d prefer to pay a little extra for a game which I knew I’d like (because I’d played the demo) than to risk wasting my money on a game that I’d never had the opportunity to try.
What do you think? Would you pay for a game that you’d never been able to test drive? Or do you already make purchases without first trying the demo?