How To Guarantee Piracy

In order to play a mission called "Last Survivor" in the upcoming hopefully-this-one-won't-suck Alien game, Alien: Isolation -- one that features the original Nostromo crew with voice acting by Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Veronica Cartwright as Lambert, and more, several of whom will be playable characters -- you'll have to preorder the game specifically from Gamestop. I'm going call it now: I estimate that this simple decision will double or triple the number of copies of this game that are pirated, which will result in significantly lower sales, which means that even if it's good, it will be labelled a flop. Good thinking, Sega!

  1. It’s just a cynical cash grab is all. You just know if non pre-orders of game sell at all they’re going to more than happy to ding you for another $10-$15 for the “exclusive” mission as DLC after some contractually agreed delay.

  2. Yep, it already turns out you’ll be able to pay for it, which is the exact opposite of the earlier announcement (for the ‘Last Survivor’ mission-thing, anyway). Whether that no-longer-exclusivity thing is a result of change of tack or bad communication remains… unclear.

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