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If You Love a Game, Buy It at Full Price

If You Love a Game, Buy It at Full Price

As reported by VGC, Garvin was a guest on God of War creator’s David Jaffe’s YouTube show and discussed many topics regarding Days Gone and his time in the video game industry. His appearance also arrives a bit over week after Bloomberg’s report of a unsuccessful Days Gone 2 pitch from Bend Studio. Many are curious about the announcement that both Days Gone PC is on the horizon while the sequel was met with rejection. Horizon Zero dawn came to PC around the time the sequel was being highly promoted, so the timing here is rather unfortunate. And what do we make of Garvin’s comments?

What Was Said?

As reported by IGN, “Garvin, who is no longer with Sony Bend, was asked if he had heard if Days Gone being added to PlayStation Plus Collection on PS5 caused a “meaningful uptick of engagement” with the game.”

“I do have an opinion on something that your audience may find of interest, and it might piss some of them off,” Garvin replied. “If you love a game, buy it at f****** full price. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gamers say ‘yeah, I got that on sale, I got it through PS Plus, whatever’.”

In light of how poorly received Days Gone was at launch, this commentary surprised me, especially on the heels of Days Gone PC being announced and the unsuccessful pitch of Days Gone 2 for future launch.

The Logic Breakdown

Jaffe responded by asking Garvin how you are supposed to know if you love a game until you’ve played it.

“I’m just saying, you don’t, but don’t complain if a game doesn’t get a sequel if it wasn’t supported at launch,” Garvin replied. “It’s like, God of War got whatever number millions of sales at launch and, you know, Days Gone didn’t. [I’m] just speaking for me personally as a developer, I don’t work for Sony, I don’t know what the numbers are.”

The glaring flaw in his logic, at this point in the discussion, is that he referenced a game that didn’t just launch and sell millions of copies, but it launched, received almost unanimous praise, and also sold millions of copies. Days Gone currently has a 71 Metacritic score compared to God of War’s 94.

Sales and Services

The obvious tension here is that many gamers can opt to wait until a game is on sale or part of something like PS Plus or Game Pass to try the game with lower risk involved. What Garvin fails to realize is that the industry has created the very stigma and chasm he is frustrated by. Not that he created the chasm, but he has to see it.

“So I think the uptick in engagement with the game is not as important as, did you buy the game at full price? Because if you did, then that’s supporting the developers directly.”

Not everyone wants to support a developer directly or is concerned about a potential sequel before ever stepping foot in to the game, especially if the game is a brand new IP. Too many large new IPs have failed miserably, or, if you’re Cyberpunk, been removed from the Sony store due to how poorly it was received and ran on old consoles.

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