I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Tomb Raider isn’t getting a demo because Crystal Dynamics doesn’t want to “spoil” its story. Well, there’s one problem with this excuse, and it highlights why developers/publishers need to stop treating gamers like idiots.
This isn’t GTA IV; there’s no veil of secrecy here. We’ve already seen tons of Tomb Raider footage. The opening was spoiled months ago; if they really cared about spoilers they wouldn’t have revealed the opening. Why show Lara escaping? If spoilers were a concern, wouldn’t it make more sense to show random sections without cutscenes?
If asked this, Crystal Dynamics will say, “The previously revealed gameplay didn’t spoil anything”. But doesn’t that contradict their reasoning behind not releasing a demo? If you can release an hour of gameplay and not spoil the game, a spoiler-free 20 minute demo should be a walk in the park.
The truth is they don’t want to make a demo — and that’s okay. But instead of being honest, they treat us like idiots. This highlights a problem in the gaming industry; most developers and publishers don’t respect gamers. They continue to feed us nonsense, lies that anyone over the age of five can see through. This needs to stop, they aren’t fooling anyone. In the end it just hurts their reputation.
Crystal Dynamics has shown the game off at various events; why not release one of those demos to the public? The answer is simple – they don’t want you to try Tomb Raider before you buy it. What else could it be? Laziness?
Maybe I’m being too harsh, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt; they don’t want to spoil anything. Okay, well how about a multiplayer demo? That wouldn’t ruin anything and it may convince the ‘multiplayer first’ crowd to buy the game. Nope, that also makes too much sense.
Hardcore Tomb Raider fans will buy this reboot; they don’t care about a playtest. But the lack of a demo could make casual fans and newcomers more reluctant to buy it. And let’s be honest, Crystal Dynamics are targeting these two groups with this reboot. So why alienate them?
Every game doesn’t need a demo and I don’t think developers should be forced to make them. My issue isn’t with the lack of a demo; it’s with the silly excuse. Treat us with some respect Crystal Dynamics — spare us the bullshit. Now check out IGN’s “60+ Minute” gameplay video below — it’s absolutely spoiler-free.
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