Crytek: Free Game Demos Are A 'Luxury'

By Jordan Douglas on April 16, 2010, 4:40PM EDT
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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has been the subject of numerous headlines as of late, his latest remarks call game demos a "luxury" that will fade "in the long term." Speaking with Develop, the Crysis developer stated that game companies will be forced to stop making free demos because they are "prohibitively expensive."

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."

"But whether we do have a demo or not, do I think companies need to release so many demos? I think that we'll see more and more games not carrying a demo in the future, because it becomes prohibitively expensive... Also, given the time pressures in making a demo "“ in fact given the time pressure of making a quality demo "“ I think it all becomes really difficult to work with, and I think we'll see less and less of them in the future."

Based on these comments a demo for Crysis 2 seems unlikely, the game is scheduled for a holiday 2010 release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Source: Develop

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