The pre-ordering culture within Video Games has evolved into something strange throughout the years. My initial interactions with the practice was with the Grand Theft Auto franchise. But it wasn't because there was an incentive to buy it (aside from playing a new GTA), it wasn't because I was going to be shut-out from certain features if I didn't do it, it was because there would literally be no copies of it left in my local gaming store on its release date. Pre-ordering was a way you could guarantee access to a popular game the day it arrived!
At least with Rockstar I felt secure enough to actually put aside money for a copy - they always deliver in some shape or form. But now that the general gaming audience has become aware of the industry's hyping policies; has been denied content because they waited to hear reviews; and generally swindled out of their hard-earned money due to pre-orders, we're a lot more cautious. Amongst active gamers there is a general policy of avoiding pre-ordering games - it's almost a movement. But are there exceptions to the rule?
No Mans Sky - Would You Pre-Order on PC or PS4, This Far From Release Date?
No Man's Sky undoubtedly looks like one of the most interesting games left in 2015. It's on my list of most anticipated titles along with [Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936), [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985) and [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021). That's already an accomplishment for such a small indie developer like Hello Games! But the fact remains that we really don't know what it's going to be like to actually play No Man's Sky.
Granted, that's one of the biggest reasons that I'm looking forward to this game on the PS4 and PC - I don't really know what to expect. In pre-order terms, that air of intrigue and degree of uncertainty could play into Sony's hands this far from the supposed release date of No Man's Sky. If they slap a bonus on top of that they could really get a lot of people pre-ordering this early in the race. And No Mans Sky may even be quite cheap in comparison to Triple A titles - another aspect that could lead to more pre-orders.
I have to say, that even though No Man's Sky is a game that I will most likely be buying, there's no way I'm prepared to ensure Hello Games a purchase of their content while I still know so little about it. There's no doubt in any of our minds that this game looks fantastic. But I sincerely hope that gamers can begin to revolt against the idea of pre-ordering. For instance, I adore the Metal Gear Solid franchise - absolutely adore it. Kojima is the man!
But even though I know I have to play that game, I can't allow myself to contribute to such an unfair marketing practice. 'Evolve' from earlier this year had one of the worst pre-ordering situations I've ever seen. There was literally no way you could get all of the pre-order content in one purchase, you'd have to buy two copies of the game - not even the Collector's Edition had it all. WHY?!
Therefore, I think it's so great to see gamers actively fighting against this practice in the only way that they can: by not pre-ordering. It will change eventually. We even saw EA - a corporation that was voted as the worst company in the world - give a fair pre-order bonus for Star Wars: Battlefront. Those who pre-order get to play a certain map a week earlier than everyone else, but then we all get to join in regardless of the version of the game we buy - awesome!
I mean this is a deal you can just ignore. You can totally play that game for a week and then look forward to more content. Maybe it will change in the future and become more relaxed. We've no idea what to expect. But as long as we don't pre-order, I think publishers will eventually get the picture. [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) looks incredibly beautiful and I can't wait to see it running on the PS4 and PC, but I'll save my money for when it's actually out, thank you.