Dean Hall calls the pre-launch price hike for ARK: Survival Evolved ‘outrageous’

Whether you love or loathe the early access survival sandbox genre, you’ve got Dean Hall’s DayZ to thank for it, although he’s had far less luck with recent titles. Still, history affords him a bit of extra credibility when he talks about the nascent genre, and he took to the online spaces to decry the recent price hike for ARK: Survival Evolved ahead of the game’s launch. The price increase was cited specifically as being “****ing outrageous” and he claimed that the only possible motive for increasing the price was greed.

Hall went on a further tear stating that the game is nowhere near ready for a release and that the obligation of the developers is to remain in early access until the game reaches a higher standard of quality, which Twitter followers have pointed out is something Hall himself did not do with DayZ. We leave it as an exercise to the reader to decide whether Hall is raising legitimate complaints or kvetching about nothing.

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April-Rain

I never bought DayZ even at the height of its hype, it was just too expensive for what was really a broken arma mod, as for ARK I did buy that and found that to be too buggy for me which in turn put me off buying alpha pre launch games.

I have not followed ARK but I guess if the bugs are fixed and the graphics and game play are now polished then it would be worth the price increase, but if its still the mess it was in alpha then its a cash grab.

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Jeremy Barnes

They released DLC for an early access title…NEWS FLASH: They’re greedy.

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Dan

Because $50-60 for dayz wasn’t for a pre-release alpha that we still have to this day?

Duey Bear
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Duey Bear

Pot calling the kettle black.
Not unusual for a game to increase its price after early access. Wait for a sale.

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enamel

In his defense, he’s an expert when it comes to cashing out a payday with an unfinished product, so he knows what he is talking about.

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ceder

If people think this is bad, wait until they see the exploitive price for Ark upcoming “Season Pass”. Wildcard’s decision to up the box price is inane but I understand the epistemic bubble of decision making with Wildcard that has led to this.

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Tanek

Has anything been said about it yet? As far as I can tell, no one has even been able to get them to say a season pass will be offered outside of the full purchase pack.

I mean, I assume it will be offered separately, but, for launch anyway, they seem to be ignoring anyone who has already purchased the game.

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ceder

The fact they list it as a selling point for their deluxe/collector’s editions is pretty compelling proof that they plan to make it a purchase point for those who do not get the collector’s edition (especially via pc).

Also very worthy of note: there is so far no indication that PC purchasers will have access to the collector’s edition swag(junk really imo).

The last year has been showing slowing a shifting priority to consoles in stead of pc(using the pc as the guinea pig/testing platform for things before iterating it on the consoles). Radial menu changes in recent months reflect that priority as well.

It makes sense because they see the console market less saturated than the pc market at this point and as well with the coming new xbox version they’ve been declared a title for, they’ve yet another future market to work with.

This just leaves season pass/future dlc considerations being the only meaty value left to them on pc.

However, they could just shift thinking yet again and stop their season pass plans and just strip it to individual dlcs or worse some other micro transaction style. Honestly they’re using an addiction business plan: get them in cheap/easy to start then once hooked, cut the product and sell for higher there after.

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A Dad Supreme

” The price increase was cited specifically as being “****ing outrageous” “
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I would have thought that climbing mountains like Mount Everest and seeking enlightenment would have made one .. less… hostile.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Enlightenment only makes one more hostile towards the world as they’ve opened their eyes to the hypocrisy and evil ways.

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Armsbend

Developers should really go anon when talking about other people’s games. It just makes you seem oddly jealous.

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hamadubai

they do but nobody notices because nobody cares what anon#387571038 thinks.

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Mark Jacobs

Devs have enough to worry about without attacking each other, even anonymously. I think if you are going to attack someone, using your own name is better but as you correctly said, it will make you look jealous under most circumstances.

Make your game(s) and run your studio the right way is the best way to do things, at least IMO.

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Armsbend

I agree – but IF you are going to do it – be all secret about it or something. The small list of developers that seem to attack other developers doesn’t do them any favors. Leave the attacking to us civilians please.

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Mark Jacobs

I agree, mostly. When developers attack secretly though it just feels dirty to me. If, as a developer, you feel the need to have your negative opinion heard about another dev’s game, I think you should be upfront and honest about it. Otherwise it feels too much like high school crap right? At least when you are upfront, you’re willing to risk your own reputation by calling out the other dev. Again, I don’t think you should do it, but if you are going to do it, at least be open about it and be willing to take the heat for it. That’s one of the many reasons I’m always Mark Jacobs, not someone else, no jolly pirate nicknames, etc.

But I am in violent agreement with you that devs should usually just keep their mouths shut about other devs, especially with something highly subjective, unless it is to say something nice or positive. We have enough negativity in the industry, we don’t need devs to go all Twittery on other devs, especially in cases like this.

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John Bagnoli

Don’t hate.

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Hirku

I wonder if he’ll hold himself to the same standard when he launches his game?

Guess we’ll never know.