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24. Re: Far Cry 3 DRM Details, Specs Sep 26, 2012, 11:35 Matshock
Jerykk wrote on Sep 26, 2012, 02:51:
Matshock wrote on Sep 25, 2012, 22:58:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 25, 2012, 21:50:
Matshock wrote on Sep 25, 2012, 16:36:
Amazon is listing $60 for digital. I see Dell is doing $50 though.


Amazon was at 50 for XCOM EU DVD for a while then went to 60.

Pricing is all over the place for preorders these days.

The deluxe edition of FC3 is $60. Regular is $50. XCOM DVD is $60 because it has a bunch of physical goodies included. Digital download is $50.

I get all that- let's set aside XCOM.

UBI is:

a) charging $60 for digital delivery

b) withholding actual value content (missions, weapons) from the $50 boxed set that PC gamers don't want as a release product anyway AND it costs UBI more to deliver

They're pushing to $60.00- that's obvious. They're being half-assed about it like they are about their DRM.

If they push a non-deluxe digital version I'll retract but right now they're pushing $60.

Non-deluxe digital version

Or you can just buy the download version directly from Ubisoft: $50 Far Cry 3 digital download from Ubisoft store

I dislike Ubisoft as much as the next PC gamer but you really should do some degree of research before posting tirades.

Anywho, it's not exactly a secret that publishers are starting to abandon physical PC games in the U.S. A lot of games are digital-only these days, like Sleeping Dogs, Dark Souls, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, etc. A big reason for PC gaming's resurgence is the higher profit margin and long-term sales that digital distribution offers.

OK $50.

I will say that you have to manually select digital on Amazon's site and that UBI is giving one of the FOUR "optional" digital contents as pre-order bonuses on their own site which Amazon doesn't list on theirs. Amazon also lists that same content for XBOX & PS3 but not PC.

The only place you listed that gives the full picture for the PC is UBI's own website. Amazon is no slouch when it comes to content listing so there's something going there. Plus when I go to UBI's home page:

UBI Store

What's not there? In fact you have to click on the PC header (not any of the drop down items that appear when you touch the header, but the header itself ONLY) just to view it or get there through an external link and that path isn't easy either.

So, you want all the content and no hassles? $60.00. Is the art book even physical? If so doesn't that nullify the margin benefits of digital; if not aren't you really just paying for the full consent of the game itself?

They're still trying to push to $60- they're just doing a half-assed job of it.

Call it a tirade if you will but buying FC3 for PC is that complicated- it's a nice vehicle for debate but a poor one for sales IMO. I've got no desire to pre-order into that mess and I finished FC2 and enjoyed it all.

This comment was edited on Sep 26, 2012, 12:15.
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