Bethesda Softworks reveals that it will not be offering fans a demo version to the forthcoming entry in its popular post-apocalyptic franchise, Fallout 4.
Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing and PR, Pete Hines, recently took to his Twitter account to answer fan questions regarding Fallout 4, and in doing so, he confirmed that the studio does not have plans to release a demo for the game. Hines’ explanation for not developing a playable demonstration for Fallout 4 is due to the impossibility of “cut[ting] up the game into a small piece.”
Taking the lack of a demo into consideration, gaming fans who might be unfamiliar with the series and are thinking about purchasing the sequel will either have to rely on reviews prior to Fallout 4‘s release, wait until extra gameplay footage comes out after it drops, or simply take a gamble and buy it. However, should there be gamers who are completely in the dark about the franchise, it’s highly recommended to check out previous entries such as Fallout 3 and the Obsidian Entertainment-developed Fallout: New Vegas, for not only are they great games that will serve as decent primers for Fallout 4, but they’re also pretty inexpensive at the moment.
Fallout 4 not having a demo shouldn’t come as a major surprise to fans. After all, past titles in the series have been released without one, and they went on to become massive successes, so in regards to that notion, it would have been impractical for Bethesda to make one. Furthermore, due to the sheer size of in-game materials — for starters, Fallout 4 has double the assets of Skyrim — it would have been unviable to craft a demo in an attempt to distill what could be expected from the title as a whole.
While demos for AAA titles with huge amounts of content and mammoth open worlds like Fallout 4‘s are often hard to come by, there are some exceptions. For instance, Bungie currently offers a free trial of its sci-fi shooter Destiny for consoles, and it gives fans a taste of the character creation process and progression, story mission content, as well as cooperative and social activities.
Some might assert that with Bethesda’s forthcoming title having recently gone gold, the absence of a demo should be no big deal. Plus, anticipation for Fallout 4 is already off-the-charts, as the action RPG’s Pip-Boy Edition has perpetually sold out each time it’s been offered, so it’s possible for Fallout fever to spread simply due to people’s fears that they would be missing out on something significant if it wasn’t purchased. Nevertheless, while having the option to test out a game before buying it is generally helpful, it’s understandable for Bethesda to have opted out of a demo for Fallout 4, as such a piecemeal offering could have detrimentally affected fans’ perception of the title.
What do you think about Fallout 4 not having a demo? Do you believe its unavailability will dissuade some gamers from purchasing the title on launch day? And if so, are you one of them?
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.