Microsoft: "Our future Gears of War, future Forzas, future Halos"

Started by the-pi-guy, Jan 23, 2018, 04:37 PM

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the-pi-guy

Demos tend to hurt game sales is why.  Statistically at least.  

Personally a demo has been more likely to sell me on a game I wasn't expecting than ruin me on a game that I was.

Dr. Pez

What big games have demos and not just betas?
Tomb raider, knack 2, Titanfall 2 are some examples I have tried recently

Legend

Do you think you'll bother with a demo for your game?
No way for Cube Royale. I need to release it, not add more work  ::)

Maybe for Adventure but I think I'd prefer a full game trail that just gives you an hour to try it out. Not sure if Sony offers those anymore but it'd suck otherwise since demo progress couldn't carry over into the full game. I'd either be forced to design demo specific puzzles, or buyers would be forced to slog through the same puzzles they just solved a few moments ago.

SWORDF1SH

No way for Cube Royale. I need to release it, not add more work  ::)

Maybe for Adventure but I think I'd prefer a full game trail that just gives you an hour to try it out. Not sure if Sony offers those anymore but it'd suck otherwise since demo progress couldn't carry over into the full game. I'd either be forced to design demo specific puzzles, or buyers would be forced to slog through the same puzzles they just solved a few moments ago.
A trial would be good. I think that would be the best option for Adventure.

darkknightkryta

But the shelf life of these games are about 1 year and profits dramatically drop after the first month. Treating games like a service will keep it profitable for longer and maximise the return with microtransactions.
I'm afraid this is the state we're in because it's a model that can weap huge returns.
The Gears and Halo franchise are quite well suited for this type of model.

But to go back to the story this was taken from, I think this makes Xbox game pass very appealing. Something Sony can counter by letting people download games and also stream with the PS Now subscription.

On a side note, why isn't the PS Now tech used to play demos? It seems like an obvious thing to do and I don't want to download huge demos to play for 5 minutes.
When PS Now was still Gaikai, David Perry was actually planning to do just this.  Have the service be used for advertising.  Advertise Call of Duty at IGN for instance, click on the banner and it'd expand and start running a demo of the game.  If I recall correctly, Sony even said before the PS4 launched that they were planning to do just that for demos.  But I guess the cost for running PS Now is too high.  No reason to kill it on PS3 or the T.V.s unless they were losing money.  I think they should make a cross licensing agreement with Netflix and add PS Now as a service for a slightly higher cost.

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