Players around the world were pissed off about the decision Arkane Studios made. They decided to release a demo for PS4 and Xbox One but not for PCs. They claim that they have a good reason for that.
Steam added the ability for PC gamers to request refunds for games in June of 2015. Small developers who were not satisfied with that decision claimed that it penalized shorter, smaller games. That discussion soon died out and these days we have brand new discussion opened because Arkane Studio’s Raphael Colantonio has made suggestion that PC gamers should use Steam’s refund system in lieu of a demo for Prey.
Speaking to AusGamers, Colantonio claimed that the main reason that the PC demo for Prey does not exist is that studio just didn’t have the resources and that PC gamers could just refund it. He also explained that the develop is focused on consoles because players on PCs can play the game for up to two hours after launch and they have Steam. It means that they can just return the game two hours so it is just like a demo, or even better than that.
The fact is that Steam’s refund system is not designed for using a demo of the game. Refunds are designed to remove the risk from purchasing titles on Stream. The purpose is not to get free games. They said that they can easily stop offering refunds is players and other people related to them think that the company is abusing them.
The less known, but maybe the most important fact is that using the refund system as a demo means that the gamer has to spend extra $60 for the purchase of the game. If you want to get back your own money it will take around a week or even more. This price for a demo is not something that most of the ordinary players can pay, especially if they are not sure about the refunding.
Colantonio assured skeptical players that Prey won’t be a PC port. It is, at first, a PC game and then a console game. Everybody have to realize that everything starts on PC. It is just the way game development works. Colantonio also said that they have made huge efforts to avoid issues that Dishonoured 2 faced when running on PC. The Prey is improved a bit.
You can find a lot of contrarieties in the words of this man. The whole company must realize that PC gamers are worth the effort to create a demo for them. The funniest thing is that the company claims all the time that they are PC developers and the Prey is a PC game. The question is where is a demo then?
If Arkane is not interested in offering a PC demo, it should just say so. The things they have done can only harm their reputation and they are risking losing their credibility. They are forcing gamers to abuse Steam’s refund system and this act is not good for the developers and for public reputation. It is normal for gamers to be skeptical about the product you are offering when you release a console demo and not the PC one.
Prey is scheduled to release on May 5 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.