No Far Cry 2 Demo

Eurogamer has word from Ubisoft's Clint Hocking that we should not expect a demo version of Far Cry 2, as this is another of those open-world style games the won't readily scale to a sample version: "One reason is, even if we were to give out what you played today - even if we put invisible walls around it and said, here's the demo, you can go anywhere you like inside these walls and play it how you want - that's potentially right there eight-to-ten hours of gameplay. I don't know too many people who are willing to give away a 12-hour game for free."
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I don't know too many people who are willing to give away a 12-hour game for free.

Maybe he said this because the single-player version of the game is estimated to take 13-14 hours to complete if you really stretch it?...;) I sure hope not.

IIRC, all of the Far Cry games save automatically at checkpoints, so they could easily create a demo in which all saves except checkpoint saves were disabled, and then end the demo, say, at the third checkpoint. No need at all for something as complex as "invisible walls." Additionally, to make the demo fairly small and lightweight compared to the shipping game they could remove the highest-resolution textures and disable the highest resolution display modes.

Demos are nothing more than a developer advertising and promoting the products it has for sale. Sad to say, but sometimes companies don't want to release demos because they are afraid that potential customers won't like it and will then pass on the game. In other words, the developer himself thinks the game sucks and doesn't want people to discover it until after they've bought it...;) Pretty sad. In this case I think the developer should worry less about "giving something away" and worry a lot more about trying to *sell* the game, instead.

It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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