A Biomutant pre-order bonus locks the entire Mercenary class behind a pre-purchase of the game, a new trailer for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One game has revealed.
Pretty lame, my guys.
Amazingly, it gets lamer. They replied to a comment on the YouTube page with this doozy: ----------- "The Merc will be available later. Only digital and CE pre-orders get it for pre-ordering, unfortunately we can't offer it for physical standard editions as a bonus." ----------- So it is not only segmented as a preorder bonus, but it's further segmented as to what format you preorder in! And "later" has yet to be clarified. Available later for free? Available later as paid DLC? How much later is later? It's an impressive number of misfires on what should be a trivial thing.
Aw, that's not cool dudes, c'mon
With how long this game has taken to come out, the fact it might get buried under other games or treat differently as it's from an unknown studio with a new IP on their hands and the games reception could go either way, I don't think locking a class, gaining bad PR is worth it.
I was very excited about this game when I first heard about it, but I've kind of moved on.
Wasn't this suppose to be ps4? Lol take any longer and there won't be enough people to care.
This annoys me. I planned to buy the game but I dont pre order anything. Stupid practice. Don't lock me out of something because I am unwilling to pay you before you put a product out. Even though I will be spending the same money as anyone else on release day
I mentioned to my wife just yesterday that I had been following this since it was announced and wanted to play it day one, even though there's no PS5 version yet. Today though, today I think I can wait until it's under £20. I love video games and I really like the look of this, but I won't support this bullshit.
Can't fault your logic there. I've been rooting for this game for bloody ages, but I'll be doing the same as you, sadly.
I've greatly toned down my spending on new games the last year so I can easily wait this one out if they go this route. Which is sad because there's only a couple of games I've permitted myself to get excited for this year and buy on launch day. Most of which are small developers that I'd like to support. (Biomutant, Kena, Little Devil inside, Back 4 Blood and Ratchet if anyone was curious)
I support boycotting them to show them this is wrong, but if you are desperate, last time I preordered years ago, Best Buy required $0 down for in-store preorders, and possibly Amazon too. Also, GS would still give you your preorder bonus if you went in and preordered the day before the release date.
Right there with you. I was planning on getting it day one on XBox, but crap like this = wait.
It's important to remember that this started with things like 79p for weapons skins, then it was new items, early unlocks/so called time savers, extra characters... Now it's content being held back and expansion passes to see the actual ending of some titles. It's snowflakes on a mountain side and I want no part in it. I buy a lot of games, even though my backlog is extensive, partly through excitement and partly through a desire to support an industry that has brought me a great deal of joy; but that doesn't mean I'll sleepwalk towards being unfairly disadvantaged, a potential industry crash, or an unsustainable business model that leads to a race to the bottom in terms of quantity over quality in order to maximize audience retention at the expense of truly memorable experiences.
I will (and do) buy DLC, when it is clear that it is delivering content beyond the scope of the original vision for the game, or is a well crafted continuation of a narrative that has already had a satisfying conclusion. This is neither. This is cut content and pressure selling. I agree with Monkey, I will pay for the product when it is released, not before. An exchange of money for goods, not goods in potentia. I wouldn't buy half a car, with the rest being delivered 6 months later, just as I wouldn't buy pork futures... I'd be more likely to buy a sausage inna bun from CMOT Dibbler.
@Mac I get that for sure. And a preorder bonus for characters that that no one has any connection to is a strange marketing decision. I was so ready to day 1 this game and now I just feel let down and uninterested, all that fun hype is gone.
It's an unpopular opinion but I can't fault a publisher for pre-order bonuses. At a time when games regularly go half price just a month or two post launch, there needs to be incentive for day one purchases. However, locking a class behind a pre-order is extreme and I understand the outrage. But I will say the situation with Deus Ex Mankind Divided was overblown and the bad PR hurt an otherwise good game.
I regularly buy games on release day with none of the pre order incentives included. I dont typically care. Cosmetics mean nothing to me really. In fact the only time I can think of buying one is when I bought the Elsa Walker skin for Claire in the Resi 2 Remake but that had a value to me as someone who followed the series since the mid 90s. Gameplay effecting incentives are unforgivable if that content isn't later unlockable through progression. The worst I can remember was the preorder DLC chapter for Mass Effect 3. Where they locked an entire plot point and character behind it.
This isn't a pre-order bonus though this is what should have been normal built in content.
Hopefully this gets insane backlash, and the devs add this class to the game. It's so stupid when companies try to pull this crap.
I'm hoping they do pull it back and give it to every copy. If I think they're holding shit back from launch day buyers, I'll just wait until the inevitable PS5 update/version and get it cheaper
The problem is, there is a slight possibility that this class was specifically created for the bonus. It's unlikely, but if true, we look like dicks..
Yea no thanks. In fact from what I’ve seen of this game I’ll wait for a Black Friday deal if anything.
And just like that I’ve lost all interest.
Shot themselves in the foot right there and new IPs have a hard enough battle as it is.
True. If it was like, a skin or something, fine, doesn't bother me. But.......an entire class? That's ridiculous.
I can understand a costume, a weapon, an extra scenario, as a preorder bonus but to lock a character class behind a preorder is some of the dumbest shit I have ever seen. I don't preorder games a lot unless its a title I really want with a limited run or some sort of nick knack. I buy this game off the shelf as is and I am missing out on a character class because I did not preorder the game yeah I think I'll skip it there are other games coming out.
Crazy how execs have no idea to this day how to sell a product.
Pretty dumb, I mean this is a new IP and doing stuff like this is not a good start, definitely not hype anymore.
I have had this preordered for a long ass time but this is not good business practice . If you want to encourage preorders just make a really cool unique weapon and armor preorder bonus and advertise it but never a class
Shitty business move but still keeping my preorder
bad move. As a new studio, that's not how to build trust and a good rep with the costumers
Welcome to modern day gaming
Cosmetics are one thing, but you're throwing down the gauntlet with this, bargain bin it is.
I thought this game came out already.
I like to wait for reviews before purchasing. With a class locked behind pre-orders, they want my money before reviews come out!? Not going to happen. I won't be purchasing at all now.
Sucks for y’all that didn’t preorder. This has been my most hyped game for a year. Some bullshit like this doesn’t even phase me.
I was super hyped for this one. Now, I will wait for a deep sale, because I stopped preordering ages ago. This really sucks, actually.
Went from possible Day 1 to $20 purchase with ease. Do better.
ddin't know it was a class type game. i remember seeing the character creator..you pick your gender and anitial mutation which only effects your body type...the way you look and stats. no class selection. i hope they haven't changed it.
Yeah it’s probably just a preset that nobody will use lol. Everyone will make their own class. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just a group of perks that you unlock later in the game accessible early like many games do. It’s just a bunch of people assuming shit. That’s what people do when you aren’t clear about things though. Any “I’m not buying this now” commenters weren’t buying day one anyways.
Well done. You’ve played yourself. You’re assuming gamers who didn’t preorder were never interested in the game. You’ve just made an assumption about an assumption you made to paint a false narrative. That takes some serious skill.
No I said people who wouldn’t buy the game over this weren’t going to buy it day one anyways. I didn’t say you weren’t interested. If you’re going by this article you’re assuming things. You don’t know how the classes work or if the “perks” are available later in the game. It’s a common practice. If you preorder returnal you get a gun at the start that’s available in the later game. You hear “class” and assume it’s a mass effect class behind a paywall. You don’t know shit. And I also said it’s their fault for not being clear, not yours. This article assumes things, these comments assume things, I assume things. The difference is I didn’t base my purchase on assumptions. Im buying the game because it looks dope.
I had every intention of buying this. I've been watching the game closely for years at this stage. My only news submissions in years on this site have been related to this game because I've been watching their social media feeds. And this news is making pull the brakes on buying it for a while. As much as I've been looking forward to this one the simple fact is I'll survive without it. Same way I did with Cyberpunk. My money and more so my time is precious these days so if I feel I'm getting the raw end of the deal buying this at full price on launch day, when it'll be much cheaper later with a potential complete edition or next gen version, I can hold off. It's ridiculous of you to assume many people who are swayed by this preorder content never intended to support the game
It’s dumb for you to assume this preorder bullshit is what you think it is. Like the post I responded to said, there was no “class section” in the character creator. If you were going to buy day 1 you would know this. We don’t know what the “perk group” is or if it’s available in game. If you are pulling the brakes on something you don’t know then your interest wasn’t day 1 kind of interest anyways. My assumption is more logical than y’all’s assumptions based on this article. I could not care less if you don’t buy it. I just think it’s a shame that this little bullshit will effect their launch. But I don’t think it will, I think the people “well I was going to support” are full of shit. Full of shit or dim witted lol. Easily manipulated.
How bout I just wait for game pass. I already took this off my Steam wishlist after waiting forever for it anyway.
I just cancelled my pre-order because of this. Scumbag move on their part.
This will be in bargain bin day one, no focus on current gen...ps5 and s-x/s... took too long. I had higher hopes for this...not anymore.
The "new" THQ is becoming as bad as the "old" THQ. Right before THQ went bankrupt in 2012, they locked the Ranger Mode for Metro: Last Light behind pre-orders. Looks like they didn't learn from history.
Well, I guess it's high time to get these landrotten legs soaked and go on a voyage mateys...
WHat type of game is this; MMO, RPG, Action???
A whole class. That's is actually integral to gameplay. Smh terrible practice.
I’ll wait until the game is ~$20. My backlog is pretty hefty anyway. I can wait
What are they doing, the hype was dead with this game and then went back up for some because of the trailer and the the release date reveal and now this.
There are a lot of things I love about the modern age. This practice isn't one of them. I've always thought pre-order exclusive content is BS. Physical pre-order bonuses are one thing. But, I believe all in-game content should be available to everyone, no matter when they purchase a game. It's even worse when such content is exclusive to pre-orders through certain retailers. I can maybe deal with there being a pre-order exclusive costume or something, not that that thrills me either. But, a class? Screw these devs. At least make it something available to everyone else later, or maybe have it be free for pre-orders, and paid DLC for everyone else. Anything but having it be exclusive to just those who pre-ordered the game.
How much you wanna bet this is for publicity to get people talking about the game, then they'll change it to everyone getting it? Or like consoles do a lot, make it a "pre-order bonus", but it is a bonus that you get anyway.
Guess I won't be ordering at all then, oh well
And sale lost.
Well that one's off the watch list, next.
a good reason not to bother with this game now and punish them
Here's a thought, just don't buy it or preorder it. Once people start doing that this things will stop happening.
Meh. It sucks but this ain't enough for me to turn my back on the game. Worse has been done. Asuras wrath and kh3 remind for example
I've got no interest in this title, but it's a good incentive to people who pre-order to get something others don't. People who pre-order take the biggest risk of all. Paying full price and doing that without knowing the state of the game, or if it's any good. So to give them something special like that is a great idea and I wish more publishers would do it. I mean, it's not like you can't play the game without the bonus, but if you want something special, take the risk and pre-order.
This is not a problem. People just love to complain. Why do you feel like they owe you this? Many games offer limited time exclusives with preorders. Those who believe in something before it comes out and invest in it are rewarded.... But I guess this generation think they owe your his...
Well this went from buying not long after release to no buy real quick with this one. Sad because I was watching since it was announced and it looked cool. But while in not entirely against preorder incentives since most places don't need you to pay it off and not be able to refund before hand. But a class behind a preorder is probably one of the scummiest moves I think I've seen in a long time with gaming smh
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