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Submission + - Crytek thinks demos will soon be extinct (develop-online.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Pretty sure there won't be a Crysis 2 demo, unless it's an EA premium one.

News story:

"The CEO of indie studio Crytek has defended EA's divisive 'premium downloadable content' strategy, while also predicting the extinction of free game demos.

In an interview with Develop, Crytek's co-founder Cevat Yerli said he wasn't sure that a demo of Crysis 2 was going to be released. He also said demos are "a luxury" that becomes "prohibitively expensive" for game studios to make.

He said: "A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don't have in other industries such as film. Because we've had this free luxury for so long, now there are plans to change this people are complaining about it. The reality is that we might not see any free game demos in the long term."

Crysis 2 publisher EA was recently the subject of much controversy for plans to release premium demos "for $10 or $15" before a game's final release.

That strategy was coarsely criticised across message boards, forums and social networks, yet Yerli believes it has many benefits."

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