Rise Of The Tomb Raider Might Prey On Gamers' Impatience
I'm starting to hear it a lot now.
"Screw it, I'm not waiting until Rise of the Tomb Raider comes out on PlayStation 4; I'm getting an Xbox One so I can play it now."
Firstly, it sounds to me like a lot of gamers out there have plenty of money and obviously aren't concerned about purchasing an expensive luxury item for one game. So, I don't want to hear these same consumers whining about the prices for anything in this industry.
Secondly, I think timed exclusivity works a lot better than people might initially believe. I know a ton of PS4 owners who just scoffed at the deal Microsoft inked to get the new Tomb Raider. "Yeah, so what? I'll just wait to get the better version (which we all know it will be) when it comes out next year on PS4." Now, though, after more footage and info has arrived for RotTR, I'm willing to bet a few of those gamers have changed their tune.
Thirdly, we've known for years that if a game is more than a few weeks old in this world, it's "old." Therefore, the concept of waiting one whole year (heaven forbid!) for a game they want to play is just too much to handle for many. If a platform is out there that lets them play that title immediately, they're undoubtedly considering a purchase. Now, if this timed exclusivity was like some DLC; i.e., one platform gets it a week or a month early, I'd say it was no big deal. But when we're talking a lot longer than that, it has a big affect on people.
In the land of instant gratification, impatience is a powerful tool. And I believe it will have a very positive impact for Xbox One sales in relation to Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Related Game(s): Rise of the Tomb Raider
9/24/2015 10:30:15 PM Ben Dutka