Why do companies do Release Day or later game demos?


#1

Are they not aware that

1: People sometimes need a number of days to decide if that game is worth a day 1 buy

and

2: Often there is some pretty good exclusive pre-order content that you can’t get just by wandering into a bb or gs after launch

Props to Tecmo for the Razor’s Edge demo coming out this early, but really, if you have a game for any system (such as, oh, Dead Or Alive 5+ for Vita) if the game comes out next week, you really should have a demo ready to go the week before release at the latest, especially if it’s so complete that it has been at numerous electronics expos in playable form.


#2

Companies want you to fork out that $60 sight unseen for something that could be shit. They wouldn’t want to expose themselves with a demo for a game that is hot garbage, like when Silicon Knights released that Too Human demo.


#3

Better late than never.

I’m just guessing here, but I think a demo that’s released later is going to be a more accurate representation of the final build. Early demos are works-in-progress.


#4

I wouldn’t give them too much props, they already released an alpha for it last year, then released a full demo on the Wii U…If you know what I mean.


#5

Why do you use tactics to encourage impulse purchases and improve your sales, videogame publishers, WHHYYYYY?!


#6

The biggest “wtf” was when Call of Duty 4 was already selling like hotcakes and I think a YEAR LATER they release a single player demo.

Mindblown.


#7

NG3RE they could confidently release a demo because things could only get better after NG3…
Most companies don’t do early demos anymore because it will likely damage sales…whatever hype players have for a game will be diminished by a few days of serious demo grinding. Even if gamers think it’s good, they might hesitate to buy full price because even if they like, they played it a bit and will just wait for a price drop. DmC’s demo didn’t do it any favors…not a bad game, but the demo didn’t seem to make many players say “OMG it’s so much better, 1st day buy”.
I think that happens alot, demos kinda destroy the urgency to get a new game, unless it shows some seriously good potential(Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising, NG3RE over NG3)