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Fallout: New Vegas Diaries, Launch Details

The Bethesda Blog points the way to this new text diary written by Josh (J.E.) Sawyer where the Obsidian Entertainment project director talks a bit about the NavMesh in Fallout: New Vegas, as well as the overall experience of working on their imminent RPG sequel. The blog also embeds the Fallout New Vegas Developer Diary #6 focusing on the voice actors in the game, starting naturally with the return of narrator Ron Perlman, also hearing from Matthew Perry, Wayne "Mr. New Vegas" Newton, William Sadler, and Kris Kristofferson. With the game due tomorrow, the Bethesda Blog also offers details on New Vegas midnight launches and digital unlocks. Finally, they also announce the first DLC for the game, though at this point it is only expected for Xbox 360.

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48. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Diaries, Launch Details Oct 19, 2010, 05:59 Dev
 
LittleMe wrote on Oct 19, 2010, 04:35:
Dev wrote on Oct 19, 2010, 04:12:
LittleMe wrote on Oct 19, 2010, 02:49:
Agreed. Same thing happened to me. STEAM should detect a retail key+disc and allow the gamer to play it!! /rage
The reason is they don't want anyone playing it before the "retail" date/time, even if someone buys it "early". Its been done this way with steamworks games since HL2 (remember how some got HL2 a week early at retail stores that broke the street date, and then were unable to play it?). Dead Rising 2 had its own MS version of this, and I think securom games have something like it too.

In this case, its obvious what happened. Someone told valve "midnight" and they assumed it meant PST since thats where valve HQ is. Beth and valve should have worked it out so that it was midnight EST instead.

Edit:
Or maybe beth dictated it since they say its 3am EST on their blog
since I just RTFA

Then why wait until midnight on the 18th to sell the game? They could have sold it for the past couple days, once it started arriving in stores.

To me it looks like one hand doesn't know what the other is doing. They delay the retail sales until 12am on the 18th and then don't activate it for another three hours. Three hours is not insignificant, imo. They aren't coordinated between digital and retail.

They could have sold the game to me yesterday when I came in to preorder and it would have made zero difference to their release launch since the game was sold to me locked anyway.


Because thats the day/time that Beth picked? Regardless of the coordination, they picked that time (as evidenced by their blog as I mentioned).
Selling early would mean people would get upset at getting a non-functional game.

As for why to do a simultaneous release there's lots of reasons for that. To prevent price gouging, to help reduce piracy, to have the hype for the game to peak worldwide at the same time, and more.

And yes, I agree, it was mishandled, I thought it was mishandled by steam until I saw the thing on beth blog mentioning it. Presumably they wanted to have it 3 hours later for one coast rather than 3 hours early for another coast. I think thats stupid, but thats what beth decided to do.
 
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