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Hitman's episodic launch is a statement of confidence

Lowering the cost to entry should encourage more players to try it out - and if the game is good, it'll deliver handsome returns for Square Enix.

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_-EDMIX-_1540d ago

Agreed on the structure being more friendly to new consumers.

I've read many on here that would buy this at $15 who have never played a Hitman game.

nommers1540d ago

The flip side is that the game may end up costing you more than $60 overtime when everything the game was meant to have finally has it. There's no guarantee that people will want to return to games that are incomplete to complete them eventually, even if they liked it up to a certain point. There's too many other games out there to attract attention.

And what happens if there's ever an episode that leaves them disappointed? They may have pushed through that part of the game and eventually end up loving a series they decided to call a quits on.

The only good thing I can see out of this is that it forces the developer to make sure their episodes are high quality beyond a reasonable doubt. But that's where it can get tricky if it's broken up. The seamless-ness will never be as good as if it were a full game.

_-EDMIX-_1540d ago

"The flip side is that the game may end up costing you more than $60 overtime when everything the game was meant to have finally has it"

Not really. I haven't read anywhere that any future episodes are releasing and paying the $50 for the rest, nets you anything released after the fact.

The final game is going to be $60 as disk or as download or if you bought all the parts.

"The seamless-ness will never be as good as if it were a full game"

http://hitman.wikia.com/wik...

Not really as its going to be a full game anyway this fall, also the Hitman series has never been structured that way, MOST games are not.

Its a hit by hit, mission by mission game. I'm not sure if you get it this fall you would ever noticed if you factor that actually is the normal Hitman structure.

"And what happens if there's ever an episode that leaves them disappointed?"

They were right to pay part by part. They can leave it there and save money.

"There's no guarantee that people will want to return to games that are incomplete to complete them eventually"

There isn't, but its a worthy attempt if you consider you don't actually have to play it this way.

Wait til fall for a final thing.

I see no harm in letting those that want to play it in parts, play it in parts.

The game is coming out in fall in full regardless of episodes coming out in march. This is only a good thing.

nommers1540d ago (Edited 1539d ago )

"Not really. I haven't read anywhere that any future episodes are releasing and paying the $50 for the rest, nets you anything released after the fact."

Developers probably wouldn't want that information out there if they were going to do that. Also we have no idea how all developers would treat this business model. They have the option to charge more as a total package. As for DLC, that line is going to be muddled even further without a full game as one package.

"Not really as its going to be a full game anyway this fall, also the Hitman series has never been structured that way, MOST games are not."

Not most open world or semi open world games though.

You may only be able to progress one area at a time in FF7 without having the whole world opened up at once, but you can go back to previously visited places and explore a lot around you everywhere you go. This business model may very well end up getting rid of the option to visit previous places. At least, it's possible..and that's something that worries me greatly about FF7R.

Edit: Yes, I know you get an airship allowing you to visit all of those places later on and having a more open world experience. What if you bought episode 2 or 3 though before episode 1? Would the game prevent you from going back? Would everybody be able to play from that point and skip previous episodes? If true does that mean everybody can only play forward and never have the option of revisiting areas from previous episodes?