Some people rarely buy games at full price, preferring instead to wait for discount events or its release on a subscription service. Many people do the same practice but one developer says that if you love a game and want a sequel, you are supposed to “buy it at f****** full price.”
VGC reported, Days Gone creative director and writer John Garvin commented on God of War creator David Jaffe’s YouTube show. He was questioned for the Game’s launch on Sony’s PlayStation Plus Service results, which could it create a “meaningful uptick of engagement” for the post-apocalyptic action adventure.
He replied with the words, “I do have an opinion on something that your audience may find of interest, and it might piss some of them off. If you love a game, buy it at f****** full price. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gamers say ‘yeah, I got that on sale, I got it through PS Plus, whatever.”
But, this view to buy games at full price is not right as people can never know if they love a game without playing it? Jaffe posed this conundrum to Garvin, who replied saying: “I’m just saying, you don’t, but don’t complain if a game doesn’t get a sequel if it wasn’t supported at launch.”
“It’s like, God of War got whatever number millions of sales at launch and, you know, Days Gone didn’t. [I’m] just speaking for me as a developer. I don’t work for Sony; I don’t know what the numbers are.”
At the beginning of this month, Bloomberg reported that developer Sony Bend made a pitch for Days Gone 2 in 2019 but was turned down due to the original’s mixed reception and long development time.
Garvin also mentioned piracy and torrent sites, how they affect developers.
He said, “I can tell you that when we were doing [Syphon Filter] Dark Mirror [on PSP], we got so f***** on Dark Mirror because piracy was a thing and Sony wasn’t caught up on what piracy was doing to sales. And we would show them torrents, a torrent site had 200,000 copies of Dark Mirror being downloaded. If I remember it right, the numbers could be wrong, but regardless, I was pissed about it then. I was like, ‘this is money out of my pocket.'”
“So I think the uptick in engagement with the game is not as important as, did you buy the game at full price?” Garvin added. “Because if you did, then that’s supporting the developers directly.”
Days Gone saw a common trend of average reviews when it was released on the PS4 in 2019, though it has a user score of 8.3 on Metacritic. On May 18, when it arrives on PC, featuring a host of platform-specific features, it loses its PlayStation exclusivity. Features included 21:9 ultra-wide monitor support, unlocked frame rates, and Freaker hordes that can hit 500 size number.