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Why Isn’t The Last of Us a Cross Buy Game?

CCC Says: "A lot of people are angry that The Last of Us: Remastered isn’t a cross buy game. After all, the game is over a year old now. Everyone who was an original Last of Us fan has bought it, played it, beaten it, and replayed it several times. Now, Naughty Dog and Sony expects us to pay full price for a game that we already have, just to play it on the PS4? WHAT NERVE!!!

Well cool your jets man, because there is a perfectly good reason why they are asking you to buy the game again: Money."

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iamnsuperman787d ago

I also think the idea of cross buy is a little difficult to implement when a game releases a year before the other version. Where does Sony draw the line. There will be no way Sony could find out who actually bought the game (not used). So they will be sending codes out to around six million + users who have played the game (also someone could pick up a used copy just to prove they own the game). Then the money issue comes into play.

It is easy to set up cross buy from the beginning not a year later

admiralvic787d ago (Edited 787d ago )

"I also think the idea of cross buy is a little difficult to implement when a game releases a year before the other version."

Not if only digital purchases get upgraded like just about every other title on the PSN.

"Where does Sony draw the line."

Sony has offered Cross-Buy on older titles than a year. Dead Nation got it 3 and a half or so years after release, WipEout HD did it with the 2048 DLC like 3 years after release and God of War Collection did it nearly 5 years after release.

"There will be no way Sony could find out who actually bought the game (not used). So they will be sending codes out to around six million + users who have played the game (also someone could pick up a used copy just to prove they own the game). Then the money issue comes into play. "

Again, thats not how cross-buy usually works. Outside of the original 3 (give or take), almost every physical game has been excluded from Cross-Buy, even if the original game had Cross-Buy or obtained it later.

http://blog.us.playstation....

"UPDATE: When purchasing Best of PlayStation Network, Vol. 1 for your PS3 system, you will only receive the PS3 versions. We are not offering cross-buy for this product."

^ Just one example.

"It is easy to set up cross buy from the beginning not a year later"

It's "easy" if you just go off who bought the digital version and then code the system to make the updated version free like they did with God of War.

Einhert787d ago

EA of all companies offered an upgrade service were you could pay $20 and get an upgrade to the newer version.

No excuses, they just want another scoop of £40.

Deadpoolio786d ago

Ummmm EA hasn't done that for MONTHS literally and the only games they originally offered it for were games that came out 2-3 weeks before the PS4/X1...There is literally no reason this game should be a cross buy, nor should any game be forced to be cross buy that launch period is over end of story....

slimeybrainboy786d ago

You're just wrong. Cross-buy is for games with simultaneous releases. They remake includes DLC and had it's own development life cycle. They are seperate games. You are not owed a PS4 version. You bought the PS3 version, that's what you got. If you don't think it's worth buying the ps4 version don't.

The entitlement of some gamers sickens me.

LOGICWINS787d ago

TLOU Remastered should have been a $20 or less upgrade for pre-existing owners. Anything less and you're being anti-consumer.

Call me naive, but I still see Sony doing this in the near future. They just held off to get the full $50 out of double dippers.

Jodicus6645787d ago

No they will discount it I am sure of that. I think honestly it was geared for people who came from a non PS platform to PS4 just cause they recently announced that data and was trying to get more money based off that. Now I am sure they are OK with the double dippers lol do not get me wrong.

Let us not forget though this was a good way for Naughty Dog to get its hands dirty and familiar with the PS4 before the next Uncharted which was probably invaluable data.

shuuwai787d ago

Gamespot Canada offer:
trade your ps3 copy plus 24.99, and get ps4 version.

Jodicus6645787d ago

This article is basically asking "Hey why don't you give me a product for free that you had to spend labor and time on for 6 months busting your butt creating new assets and modifying code and meet a due date on time".

People have to keep jobs, which requires revenue.

Xb1ps4787d ago

Problem is the remaster was too soon, they should have waited like at least 2 more years so it wasn't so fresh into ppls mind that they spent full price not too long ago.

Lol could you imagine the back lash had it released at the same time as master chief collection! Maybe not a back lash but man... Value to value!

Jodicus6645787d ago

I agree too soon. Should have waited maybe same time as a sequel maybe. But to my post the point was people wanting it for a discount. With studios closing and people getting laid off all the time and articles like this and people thinking they should get handed stuff...this is what is wrong with consumer mindset. I am all for value but money does not grow on trees. If you love something and want more support it quit trying to pick it dry.

Abzki787d ago

Exactly what I was about to say. Couldn't have worded it better +1

GribbleGrunger787d ago (Edited 787d ago )

What, and throw all that extra revenue away! Are you crazy?

TOMORROW.

DigitalRaptor786d ago (Edited 786d ago )

People think Sony is made of money, that they employ people who work for nothing. It's ridiculous.

First TLOUR was "overpriced". Now it's "why can't I claim it for free?"

GribbleGrunger786d ago

This is the trouble with being generous to begin with. People start expecting the same for everything, whether it's cross-buy or PS+. Sony NEED to make money in order for WE the gamers to benefit.

SynestheticRoar787d ago

A rare moment. When I find myself in agreement with logicwins, but he's right.

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