El33t’s Question of the Day: Have early beta access offers ever persuaded you to buy a game?Written by: / / 10 Comments
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Over the years, there have been a few notable examples of games being sold with the promise of accessing the beta test or extended demo of another game further down the line, with the two most recent Medal of Honor games providing access to Battlefield online betas, and Crackdown giving owners access to the Halo 3 beta, to name just a few.
This practice of selling games with the chance to get a taste of another game dates back to the original PlayStation (and perhaps even further) with Konami and Square Enix leading the charge in offering demos for upcoming Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy games if you chose to buy one of the publishers’ lesser-known titles, like (at the time) Zone of the Enders or Parasite Eve.
More recently, Bethesda Softworks has offered beta access to the next DOOM game from id Software if you pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order before it’s out in May.
Have these kinds of offers ever persuaded you to buy a game that you wouldn’t necessarily have considered picking up before? Do you think these offers are a sign that publishers aren’t confident in the sales performance of the host game?
Which other pre-order and demo offers have you seen over the years?