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Bethesda: Rage demo is unlikely

Bethesda: Rage demo is unlikely

The chances that Rage will get a playable demo are slim, according to Bethesda Softworks.

Rage, the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter from Doom developer id Software, is probably not going to get a playable demo according to reports from parent publisher Bethesda Softworks.

Speaking to VG247, Bethesda's Pete Hines said that the chances of Rage getting a playable demo, on any platform, were 'unlikely'.

'It’s something we look at for every game and we do it where possible and where appropriate,' said Hines, 'But to be perfectly honest, from a technical standpoint, it isn’t always possible.'

'I don’t see a demo for RAGE on the cards. I guess it’s not a zero percent chance, but it’s somewhere down on that end of the spectrum.'

Rage is id Software's first retail game in seven years and drops players into a vast post-apocalyptic desert to fend for themselves. There's an iPhone game already available, but we haven't been that impressed with either it or the full version from what we've seen so far.

Rage is due out later this year for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It'll use id's latest engine, id Tech 5, and you can let us know your thoughts about that in the forums.

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dangerman1337 21st January 2011, 18:38 Quote
Not surprised, the game barely fits on two DVDs as mentioned by ID before IIRC, a download (for the demo) would probably be at least 7GB if they are lucky.
Tokukachi 21st January 2011, 18:45 Quote
My cynic sense is tingling, could it be because the games rubbish?
javaman 21st January 2011, 19:33 Quote
Tester run of the new engine for doom4 or possibly the next elder scrolls game? Demos are a dying breed
Penfolduk01 21st January 2011, 22:05 Quote
I must admit, hearing there won't be a demo does get the alarm bells ringing.
dangerman1337 22nd January 2011, 01:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
possibly the next elder scrolls game?

Skyrim will run on the Creation Engine which is unrelated.
zef 22nd January 2011, 01:52 Quote
I refuse to believe that something that id software has been working on for so long will be anything but awesome. Let us hope.
yakyb 22nd January 2011, 11:48 Quote
morale Question

does this justify piracy before spending £30-£40?
enciem 22nd January 2011, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
morale Question

does this justify piracy before spending £30-£40?

It doesn't justify piracy but it sure does promote it.

Technical reasons is just a load of balls, I don't care about the file size and anything else has to be just an excuse not to bother. It's always a tactic to get the eager early buyers who might not go on to purchase if they had the opportunity to take the game for a test drive first
sear 22nd January 2011, 17:47 Quote
This is pretty reasonable. Offering up a demo that's half the size of a regular game download just seems prohibitive to be honest, and might even be impossible given Microsoft's restrictions on the Xbox side of things. Sure, you could release a 10 GB demo... but would many people really bother downloading it, and would it actually lead to more sales?

Of course, this also means I have another reason to want to gut Pete Hines' arrogant piggy face with a rusty doorstop, but I realise he's not really to blame for this sort of thing.
eddtox 22nd January 2011, 18:16 Quote
no demoes and not second-hand market is where the industry wants to be. Buy blind and be stuck with it.

No thanks - yet another gsme I wont be playing
wafflesomd 23rd January 2011, 03:13 Quote
I guess I'll just pirate it to see if it's worth buying.

Even worse are the games that allow you access to the beta when you preorder.
Bauul 23rd January 2011, 11:46 Quote
Given it's supposed to be a barrierless open world with multiple different gameplay types, they'd either have to provide essentially the entire game in the demo, which is unrealistic, or create new cut down content specifically for the demo, which wouldn't be representative of the full game. Neither would be right, so whilst it sucks, I can appreciate the reasons.
sausages 23rd January 2011, 20:46 Quote
^ Yea
themax 23rd January 2011, 23:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Given it's supposed to be a barrierless open world with multiple different gameplay types, they'd either have to provide essentially the entire game in the demo, which is unrealistic, or create new cut down content specifically for the demo, which wouldn't be representative of the full game. Neither would be right, so whilst it sucks, I can appreciate the reasons.

True, but while they "technicially" can't give their consumers a demo, I am sure Kotaku, EMG, Edge, and any other publication will give us plenty of coverage of their time spent playing various builds of the game right up until release. :(
sotu1 24th January 2011, 00:18 Quote
I think at the very least it'll be a good game (I'm biased though, I'm an id fanboy) but id have never really put a foot horribly wrong. Sure it'll be good :)
proxess 24th January 2011, 11:14 Quote
The way things should work:
-Demos should still exist.
-If you have the demo, patching the full game over it should be a possibility, so installing doesn't take too long.

The way things work:
-There are no demos, so you pirate the game.
-You play it until the end, so in the end you don't buy it, unless you really REALLY love it.
kosch 24th January 2011, 13:50 Quote
Just watched the trailer for this and kept thinking Borderlands.
xaser04 24th January 2011, 15:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bauul
Given it's supposed to be a barrierless open world with multiple different gameplay types, they'd either have to provide essentially the entire game in the demo, which is unrealistic, or create new cut down content specifically for the demo, which wouldn't be representative of the full game. Neither would be right, so whilst it sucks, I can appreciate the reasons.

Why can't they do what the developers of Just Cause 2 did and release a small portion of the game as a demo?

I don't like buying games on the merit of reviews alone (*cough" Far Cry 2 *cough*) so a demo is usually a great example of whether I would like the game or not.
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