Earlier tonight I was going through a digest of the day’s news in the world of video games, a handle of titles were given finalized release dates for early 2016, we got some reviews of RymdResa and Disney Infinity 3.0, and Halo 5’s opening cinematic! We also got the weird and off-putting tiered pre-order list for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and I’ve included just what it entails below:
TIER 1 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER (UNLOCKED FOR EVERYONE ON AUG. 31)
Choose between three Starter Packs that cater to stealth, aggressive or nostalgic players.
- Intruder Pack– Provides a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s trench coat and pistol with a silencer, laser sight, recoil and accuracy upgrades. Other bonuses include two EMP grenades, five packs of 10MM pistol ammo, 1000 credits and a Praxis point for early augmentations.
- Enforcer Pack – Includes a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s combat armor and combat rifle with a holosight, reload and capacity upgrades. Players will also receive two HE grenades, five packs of 5.56MM combat rifle ammo, 1000 credits and a Praxis Point for early augmentations
- Classic Pack – Grants access to Adam Jensen’s iconic combat armor, trench coat and revolver from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will also receive an extra pack of revolver Ammo.
TIER 2 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Pick between one of two bonuses that further immerse players into the game world – a digital art book that shows the aesthetic of the game, or a digital OST sampler with six tracks from award winning composer Michael McCann.
TIER 3 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
Unlock the “Desperate Measures” pre-order mission in which Adam returns to the epicenter of the Ruzicka Train Station explosion and must rely on his augmentations and covert operative skills to unveil the true culprit responsible for the bombing.
TIER 4 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Get an in-depth look at the Deus Ex universe with a digital comic book that dives deeper into the game’s global conspiracies, or with a novella that follows iconic characters from Deus Ex: Human Revolution with new and unknown details on their lives.
TIER 5 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
For the first time in the franchise’s history, if players meet this tier, the game will release four days before the official release date.
Now this rubs me the wrong way when essentially these companies are punishing the blind and faithful for putting their hard earned cash down for a game that’s still six months from release! Instead of reaping all the rewards and getting a proper experience from the beginning we get to pick from a list and wait for the rest to come out for purchase.
Coming off of the abundance of and very entertaining and very free DLC for The Witcher 3, which has been a critical darling and a highly successful endeavour for CD Projekt Red, is the fact these developers chose not to charge a dime for these packs of content and instead will offer only paid expansions the single player story.
On their forum over on CD Projekt this stood out to me:
“I’d like to extend my thanks to all the gamers who played our game and gave these DLCs a try. Nothing makes a developer happier than seeing gamers have fun with what they created,” Iwiński adds, noting that “I would really like to see such initiatives become an industry standard rather than an exception to the general rule, and I hope that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has set a good example.”
The Witcher 3 has to this date sold six million copies and all without a single paid DLC.
This tiered pre-order initiative doesn’t feel like the step this world of gaming needs right now, mankind divided, these corporations need to take a step back and offer a proper experience without the need to chastise those of us who won’t pre-order their games.