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Submitted by INehalemEXI 635d ago | videocast

Can EA Combat Shooter Fatigue with Marketing?

Gamespot: EA is hoping you think the Medal of Honor and Battlefield series are drastically different so you’ll buy them both. (Battlefield, EA, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Yi-Long  +   636d ago
I'm not sure if it's 'shooter' fatigue...
... or just MILKING fatigue.

You buy a new game, mostly for the MP, and within months you need to buy new maps to stay up to date online if you're part of a group of friends or community.

This quickly means groups will fall apart, and those left behind might leave the MP altogether out of frustration.

Then, 1 year or 2 years later, there's already a new game in the series, and it all starts over again.

I don't think people are tired of the gameplay, It's always fun to run around and shoot people (in games). It's a nice digital game of 'tag', sometimes combined with a little 'hide and seek'. It's fun.

It's how the developers/publishers are trying to milk their games, that's turning people off.

TBH, because of the current trend in this genre, I feel other developers/publishers are missing a huge opportunity to secure a huge market, if they can come up with a great online shooter for PSN/XBLA that's affordable (thus many people will buy it) and if they could refrain from extreme greed. Just offer a new map for 1 dollar or 100msp or whatever. That way almost all the player will update and keep playing the game, you will sell and keep selling many more copies, and it can last 2-3 years or even longer!

I was hoping EA would do that with Battlefield 1943, but sadly there's been absolutely no support for that great game whatsoever.
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INehalemEXI  +   636d ago
If you get free maps on games you might be encouraged to get various fps I agree.

Starhawk gives free map ooooh :D
Yi-Long  +   636d ago
I wasn't talking about various FPS....
... or even 'free maps'.

I was talking about a community that's growing a bit tired of being milked every two months for new expensive map-packs and then seeing a new game in their series on the shelves within 1-2 years, where they start the whole ordeal all over again.

I think it would be better to hold an online community for a shooter together for a few years, so if you buy Battlefield 3, just release a new map every month, sell it for only 1 dollar or something, so it's very cheap and easy for the whole community to stay on board, and make sure the game will last 2-3 years AT LEAST, instead of now already starting rumours for Battlefield 4 and coming out with Medal of Honor, and possible Bad Company 3.

A better example would have been the Call of Duty series btw, I realized halfway through the post.

This approach doesn't only mean people will keep playing the game online, instead of abandoning it once they refuse to buy an expensive mappack, but it will also keep sales going for the original game. If 1 year after release you know you can hop into the game and get 12 new maps for 1 dollar a piece, you're much more willing to still buy that year old game and know everyone will still be playing it!
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WeskerChildReborned  +   635d ago
COD does that lol. Most people i know only buy COD for MP so they buy it, buy the maps, then move on like one year later and i don't really like moving that fast on games.
INehalemEXI  +   636d ago
Oh , I was thinking if people got free maps for shooters they would buy more shooters. I see what you mean.
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guitarded77  +   635d ago
Hit grabbing story photo much?

On topic: I'm fatigued with everyone talking about shooter fatigue.
Rob Hornecker  +   634d ago
The last MoH game had a good single player mode and although every single player FPS is scripted,I still enjoy playing them. The mutli-player on MoH sucked! For my money you can't beat the VS mode of a battlefield game no matter what edition it is.

As far as "fatigue" goes it seems more like burnout with a new CoD title every year that plays just like the last one did. Don't get me wrong.I like the CoD's single player,but NOT the VS modes.

As someone said above,the words "Milking IT" come to mind when talk of a BF4 coming soon. I would rather have some more DLC for BF3 past march of 2013 and Save BF4 for a launch title for the PS4/XB720.

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