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2008/10/07 16:27:46: Posted by DM
Along with the news that the downloadable content will be exclusive tot he Xbox360 for Tomb Raider Underworld, MTV Multiplayer blog also discovered another exclusive tidbit. Apparently, there will be no playable demo of TRU on the PS3. As for a PC demo, there was no word given by Eidos or MTV. Why the demo was included in the exclusivity deal, we are not sure, but it seems MS wanted to make the content truly exclusive.

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Written by VaeVictus on 2008/10/08

I can understand the DLC exclusivity, but no demo on the PS3 is dumb.
Written by Xenos on 2008/10/08

Actually IMO, the demo makes more sense than the DLC.

Demos take months to prepare and develop, this is time taken away from the development of the actual game. If the ps3 version takes X amount of more time to finish, then I'm not sure they would want to risk delaying the ps3 version just to produce a demo.

Blame sony, not CD.


You know what, the added difficulty of development could also contribute to the reason the DLC is exclusive as well.
Written by VaeVictus on 2008/10/08

It boils down to whether or not they feel a demo will sell the game on the PS3 or not. Obviously, they made enough $$$ on the deal with MS not to care. Despite what you stated, I still feel it is dumb, but I feel they should have made a Legacy of Kain instead of Tomb Raider anyway, so in the end it doesn't matter to me. TR stopped being important to me after part 2.
Written by Xenos on 2008/10/08

I don't get you sometimes. Would you rather the game be delayed on the ps3 for a few months just so you guys could have a demo? It doesn't just boil down to how they feel a demo would effect sales on the ps3. It boils down to how much it would effect the actual game's development

And how do you know that they made $$ off of MS. You're really starting to sound like some other people regarding this.

Is it really so easy to believe every other excuse other than the fact that the PS3 is not easy to develop on?
Written by VaeVictus on 2008/10/08

Not at all. I just think it is kind of ridiculous not to provide a demo. Demo's help sell games imho.

I'm not trying to come off like a typical PS3 fanboy, but I just don't see the point. Put it this way, you own only a PS3. You hear, no DLC for Tomb Raider, exclusive for 360. Oh and guess what, no demo either.

It's easy to say "hey, you shoulda bought a 360."

You have to look at it from a consumer perspective sometimes. Your reasons are logical and make sense. I can see that, just see my standpoint.
Written by Xenos on 2008/10/08

I know your not trying to come off like the typical ps3 fanboy and it was wrong for me to say it. I shouldn't hold it over your head when your honest enough to admit that you favor sony but can still be reasonable in a discussion.

I am trying to see it from the typical consumer perspective and it's my understanding that they really don't care about demos or DLC. The exclusive GTA 4 DLC didn't stop the ps3 version from selling 1 million+

The average consumer doesn't care about either of them, it's mostly the hardcore gamers like us that will even know about this news

I understand your point and I agree, a demo would help to sell more copies for the ps3 version, and I'm sure CD knows this. However I'm just saying that when there is both a 360 AND a PC demo, it's a safe bet to assume that the actual game's development of the PS3 version effected the chance of a demo ever existing. I'm also not trying to say "hey, you shoulda bought a 360"

Developers are never lazy and don't ever do anything to purposely sabotage their projects. With this said, I think they had 3 options: A) Release a demo taking time away from development leading to lesser version B) Release a demo and delay the full game or C) not release a demo and use that extra time into developing the full game. If that was the case, I would be happy they chose C

There have been plenty of other games where the 360 got a demo while the ps3 did not. I can understand how this time it can seem fishy since there is exclusive DLC on our minds, but I'll never believe this was something done purposely at the expense of the PS3 consumers.
Written by VaeVictus on 2008/10/08

Well, seeing that Eidos really hasn't done too much on the PS3, I can see there being a valid excuse for not having a demo. With the experience that a lot of companies have had coding for it, I see none. But again, I'm just seeing it from a run of the mill consumer perspective.

To be honest, I'm not real sure when the game launches, and if it is during the holiday season, it may get lost in the mix on both consoles. That's not to say it won't sell well, but it may not sell as well because of the wealth of games coming out. This news doesn't help it on the PS3. It may not hurt it as much as I may think either. We'll have to see how good the game is and how well it's marketed.

Knowing PS3 fanboys the way I do, they'll instantly get an inferiority complex and just wait for Uncharted 2, lol.
Written by madgunde on 2008/10/09

A demo could make or break a game sale. If I don't know much about the game or I'm skeptical about whether I'll like it or not, the lack of a demo might mean no sale for me. Maybe I'm not typical of the average PS3 owner, but I'm sure I'm not alone either.

"Developers are never lazy and don't ever do anything to purposely sabotage their projects."


I agree with the second part of that statement, but not the first. I don't think you can claim that there are no lazy developers out there. Not saying Eidos is, or that laziness plays a factor in this case, but last time I checked, developers were human, and some humans are prone to laziness.
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