Fans of the Final Fantasy series have been on a rough ride waiting for Final Fantasy XV. In development since 2006, the game has changed console generations, changed names, and still doesn't even have a planned release date.
In addition, Final Fantasy XV is said to be the game that could make or break the console industry in Japan, so it's easy to see why fans are desperate to try it out. Consequently, when Square Enix announced that they would release a demo of the game with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, it created a lot of excitement.
Hajime Tabata, Final Fantasy XV's director, previously promised that Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae would have up to four hours of gameplay and superior graphics to the Tokyo Game Show gameplay video. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD was released on March 17th, with average reviews, but the included demo has received extremely positive feedback. Some gamers who acquired the demo have been eagerly playing it and uploading videos on YouTube of gameplay and the game's first summon for others to watch. While others have taken the opportunity to make a quick buck by hawking the demo's download code on eBay at prices as high as $40.
While paying $40 for a demo may seem outlandish, supply and demand has made some gamers desperate. Initially, fans thought that the code would be available in all copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but it turns out that only the first copies have the code. Square Enix hasn't announced plans to release the demo in any other manner, and with no final release date on the horizon, there's no other option for eager gamers.
Many gamers are accustomed to spending real money on in-game items, advantages, or DLC, but it probably doesn't take the sting out of these codes being sold online. Considering that the actual finished game will probably sell for just twenty dollars more, and offer hundreds of hours of gameplay rather than four, many gamers will probably skip the eBay auctions. Square Enix may also decide to include the code with future runs of Final Fantasy Type 0-HD, as they can probably expect to sell more copies of the game that way.
For some fans, however, price is no object. Experiencing a Final Fantasy game for the first time is always a memorable occasion, and buying a code off eBay would probably allow for (almost) instant gratification, since you could have the code sent via the internet and start downloading right away.
Would you be willing to pay whatever price to play Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, or are you willing to wait?