20% of the UK's Gamers are decreasing the amount they Pre-order games.
My question is this a true decline in preorder or most likely is this a big shift to digital preorders through the consoles themselves which don't get tracked?
that's a good question i still dont understand why digital still isnt tracked you would have throught that would be easier to track No? I really hope this is true when these AAA see this it might force them to stop with all these BS preorder crap and put it in the game. next stop microtrasnactions
Oh it most certainly is easier to track but Companies don't want to divulge that information to these chart tracking sites. They know their digital numbers, and then they get the retail numbers...and then they report to their investors. and an edit to my first post: They don't get tracked through external sites like NPD, Chartz, and the like.
I just hope it is as a reaction to companies releasing half finished/broken games and not a shift to digital, personally. It's high time that gamers stopped accepting it as just another part of the industry, nowhere else would people fork over a load of cash for a broken/unfinished product and not get uppity over it. Hell, I've not even considered buying a PS4 or Bone yet because I got burned with the technical issues I had with both my PS3 and 360 over the years. I ain't paying 300-400 quid and upwards for a system that (from experience) may not even last a year before it needs replacing. I do have a Wii U though, after all, there's only two things that can survive a nuclear holocaust and they're cockroaches and Nintendos games systems.
broken games,over priced games,ripped off with DLC it all pushes gamers to stand back and wait and see. for preorders they should reduce the price of the item.
Personally, I stopped pre-ordering after the swathes of broken games.
its more that most games are awful and broken its no surprise.
I doubt it as digital pre orders on consoles are a massive rip off in the UK... I think it's more down to the fact every thing is broken or hasn't been very good recently. And that it's much cheaper to buy from an Online retailer rather than through GAME.
Trust me. In the UK not enough people are retarded enough to buy through PSN. Even GAME's IN-STORE prices are lower. That's a physical building, with lower prices than the PSN. GAME? £54.99 Amazon? 46-50 PSN? £59.99+ PC/Steam version? £18-25 PSN is the dumbest pricing in gaming these days.
Xbox is exactly the same I mean I understand why they can't make digital super cheap (like it should be) but why not equal pricing its insane £60 for the STANDARD EDITION???? Completely insane
I can see why, we pay a lot for games over here in the UK (RRP £59.99) and with broken ass games and scamming DLC why the hell would we pre order? I've only pre-ordered a few things in the past god knows how many years. MGSV Collectors Edition Witcher 3 Collectors Edition Bloodborne Collectors Edition Omega Quintet Collectors Edition funnily enough, all full games that don't strip out content to sell as DLC.
kinda jumping the gun on metal gear 5 and witcher arent you? considering they havent even released yet... just saying i thought plenty of games werent going to be shady before they came out from once loved game devs and they turned out to be more of the same bullshit ive come to loathe about games now... so just that you are basing those games alone off reputation is still a bit much for my trust level with games nowadays personally... i refuse to put any trust in any dev until they have fully and rightuflly earned it each and every game they produce each and everytime they release them PERIOD ...
MGSV will be fine. Sure, Konami is dead to me after firing Kojima and they will surely go bankrupt within a year, and Ground Zeroes was a complete ripoff and incredibly short, but it was fun. And fun is all that matters at the end of the day. I almost never preorder anything, but if I were to, MGSV is a pretty safe bet. Anything else from Konami is obviously suspect.
Where are you getting your games from at £59.99?! I live in the UK and you can pick up most brand new games for no more that £40 at Tesco, Asda or Amazon.
Well the article is in reference to "GAME" preorders, not Tesco or Asda. I don't think amazon would count at all because it's an online retailer. just saying..
@Unreal01 Not true, Tesco and Asda tend to retail new releases at £44 minimum, no more than £48. The days where they would sometimes sell new games for low prices are gone since Blockbuster went under. They don't need to be competitive as Game is the only common high street competition and they always retail at full whack, anywhere between £49.99 and £59.99.
I would never pay that, notice I did say RRP ;) I always shop around, even on launch it's possible to pick up brand new games for £20 at times :)
sure preorder so you can get something useles in a broken game on release that takes months to fix and then after its almost working decent, you realize there is nothing of worth there in the base game because they modeled it so that to get the full experience you have to get dlc... i can only imagine why people are pissed at this model... video games are literally the only technology that seems to have gotten worse with time... movies, tv shows, computers, cell phones... all gotten astonishingly better with the advances we've made... games seem to just be getting the shit end of the stick for whatever reason :/
Pre ordering is a very foolish thing to do, why would you buy something before the reviews are up. In certain cases its ok, like a franchise that you know and love, I think we can all agree that R* would not release a game of poor quality. But for everything else, forget it, show me the positive reviews and I will show you my money.
Ye but they did... It barely worked on 360 and ps3 online and even on ps4 and xbone it had constant network problems. They also do Micro-transaction and don't get shit on for it and the games they make are extremely overrated and are barely better than the predecessors...
The micro-transactions where currency so that they could give everyone the expansions for FREE
me too i stoped preordering games this gen maybe my last preorder was watch dogs, a lot of day one broken games, The best option is waiting for reviews and patch fixes.
Personally I don't have the need to pre order games coz they won't be any shortages lol
Never understood a concept at all,.. maybe for some special limited versions,.. but for a normal game? It is not like there will be shortages of inventory for prolonged time,.. Especially nowadays where there are basically no game boxes anymore(small storage problems/cost)
maybe it has to do with the fact that every other game is releasing with horrible bugs, glitches and server issues, defeating the purpose of playing on release day
I pray this trend continues. Big Developer profits need to be hurt, so they can wake up - it's all about voting with the wallet. When quality content is given at a reasonable price, fans just can't wait to throw money at developers.
They get away with murder these days
The whole point of preordering in the first place was because of stock running out at the stores. now lets be real, this only ever really happened with the very biggest IP's. I mean we are talking about the Launch of Halo 2, GTA san andreas, Cod4... games of that status. I think the only game in recent times that had an issue of running out of stock at launch was GTA5. Somehow publishers have taken advantage of this and turned it into a selling point for every junk, average game being pushed out by throwing in preorder bonuses etc. At first the bonuses made sense but as time has gone on, these bonuses have offered less and less. The only game I have preordered so far this year has been Witcher 3. Last year I didn't preorder anything and I honestly don't think i missed out on anything at all. it just seems completely pointless.
Maybe at stores ,but I still preorder mine digitally. Save on gas and time
Why pre-order. Big releases get the supermarkets fighting it out. Just get it on release day at the cheapest price.
We're fighting back, because despite what the media & government proclaim about more people working than ever here in the UK & we're out of the recession that the government & bankers caused. They fail to tell the world this is due to the fact we're being forced to work 0 hour contracts at minimum wage jobs. All our shops are closing down, our giant supermarkets are posting their biggest ever losses. Yet the conversion rates & prices are going up. I've gone from being made redundant at a fairly well paid & respected job to dropping £11,000 out of my basic annual salary to work for minimum wage as an IT engineer. As what little work is available they can offer as little as they want because so many people are out of work & need the position no matter what. Just look at PSN Store, while the US is paying $30-40 they're trying to charge us £60-70 or even £80. Who in their right mind is going to pay that. That's why no one is buying the games until they panic & drastically drop the prices after a few weeks at retail. The fact that we're generally paying a premium to buy broken products at launch also adds salt to the wounds as well.
Preordering is pointless now. The games can't be trusted to be working properly and the only titles that don't qualify as tech demos are ones with niche audiences like Dragonball: Xenoverse, Smash Bros and Hotline Miami. The rest are just games about showing off engines or are remastered older engines. It's dull now and it is emphasised with silly in-engine gameplay trailers that are equally as fake as the "we listened to you" messages.
This should be on the main page!Talk with your wallet,things have to change!
Mainly due to people getting shot in the foot with over hyped 3rd party multiplats....only to get poor reviews.