Tomb Raider Dev Explains Full-Priced Definitive Edition
Tomb Raider is indeed one of the best games of 2013. There's no disputing that.
But is the upcoming Definitive Edition for the PlayStation 4 really worth the full cost of admission ($60)? Many gamers have questioned this decision, and developer Crystal Dynamics has been good enough to explain the reasoning behind this pricing.
The studio held a Q&A in the official Eidos forums, and they were asked the following: "Do you think it's justified to sell a full-priced upgrade of the game so soon after the original's release?" And Crystal Dynamics responded:
"It’s a great question and while I don’t control sales or prices, what I do know is that Tomb Raider is an awesome game. It has received many nominations and has an amazing fan base that keeps us striving to always deliver the best and always pushing ourselves to even do better. If it was “only a facelift” AND we were only reselling it on the same platforms we’d already shipped it on, I would see your point. But as we’re selling it on a new platform, with a lot of development work put in to custom craft it for the new platforms; with the new additions for the aesthetic, the physics, the particles, the lighting – taking advantage of next-gen features – so I absolutely stand by our decision to offer up Definitive Edition the way we are.
We’d love for every Tomb Raider fan to get to experience it on next-gen. We are definitely looking to draw in those folks who may not have experience it yet on the last generation so they can experience this version on next-generation. But even for existing hardcore fans, we are confident in the offering we have as an excellent enhanced experience above and beyond what we’d previously provided. We wouldn’t bring it to you all if we felt otherwise. You are the reasons we do what we do."
So, are you satisfied? The explanation does make a lot of sense, although we're willing to bet that not all gamers will see it that way. The Definitive Edition for Tomb Raider will launch on January 28 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Will you be picking it up?
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12/30/2013 9:35:13 PM Ben Dutka