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Square Enix releases Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order DLC for free

Square Enix releases Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order DLC for free

Square Enix has released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided content previously exclusive to pre-order customers to all for free, and not everybody's happy about that.

Square Enix has moved on from annoying those who did not want to pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to annoying those who actually did, making content previously exclusive to pre-order customers available to all for free.

Publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal found themselves in hot water in late 2015 when they launched Augment Your Pre-Order, a literal pyramid scheme in which buyers were asked not only to pre-order the game but to convince as many people as possible to do the same. The more people you recruited into your level of the pyramid, the more in-game goodies you unlocked - up to and including an early launch for the game itself, a promise that the companies would have failed to keep anyway even if they hadn't wisely decided to ditch Augment Your Pre-Order and make all bonuses available to all pre-order customers.

Now, though, the company is doing the rest of its customer base a favour - and in doing so has riled up those who did actually pre-order the game. The company has announced that the Desperate Measures bonus mission, Covert Agent in-game content pack, and three electronic books are now released for free to all users. Those who did not pre-order benefit, of course, but those who did are understandably unimpressed by the move.

'So you release the pre-order content for free which we paid min 60€/$ for - but you sell DLC that have contain the games true ending which was stripped out for a cashgrab? It'll be hard to fall any lower than that,' Steam user Madfish wrote in response to the company's announcement. 'I'll never purchase any full price title from Square Enix/Eidos again.' Others have similar opinions: 'fk this. never preorder square enix game again,' wrote Rookie Nogi; 'I will not pre order the next Deus Ex,' agreed azultain 1999; 'Is this the way they treat players who pre-order this game,' asked LING. 'I would never want to buy this publisher's game again.'

Others, though, have been more understanding. 'Not sure what pre-order people are complaining about, they had the pre-order bonus when they got the game at launch. All pre-order bonuses eventually become DLCs, it's just a matter of time. Whether later players pay $10, $5, or $0 for it doesn't change the fact that pre-orders had the exclusive bonus first and others get it later,' explained Tailen. 'If you think you somehow got cheated by this, then why aren't you complaining every time there's a steam sale on every DLC that used to be a pre-order bonus? That's later players getting pre-order bonuses cheaper than what you paid for them at launch too.'

The DLC is available through Steam now, with the digital books downloadable from the Square-Enix website (226MB ZIP warning).

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jb0 9th January 2017, 12:03 Quote
GOOD! Preorder-exclusive content is a bane upon society.
And people swearing to never preorder a game again because they don't like that their special club isn't special anymore may be doing the right thing for the wrong reason, but if they keep their promise they are MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.


Less hyperbolistic, this is the most hilarious hissyfit I've seen in a long long time.
DeckerdBR 9th January 2017, 13:50 Quote
Now if only the 2 'Jensen's stories' would be properly integrated into the main game (ala the missing link in the directors cut of human revolution) and made free...

I'm glad squeenix might have finally realised that segmenting your customer base pisses people off and is probably bad for long term business.
Bindibadgi 9th January 2017, 14:58 Quote
Muahaha thanks for the heads-up, Gareth! Just checked Steam and ta-da! You've got to untick them all then retick and they'll download.
dstarr3 9th January 2017, 15:21 Quote
Say it with me now: Stop. Pre-ordering. Video games.
liratheal 9th January 2017, 19:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by dstarr3
Say it with me now: Stop. Pre-ordering. Video games.

But what if Steam runs out of stock!?!
mi1ez 9th January 2017, 21:06 Quote
Make pre-order exclusives only limited time exclusives, release them 6 months later. Seems a reasonable balance.
fix-the-spade 9th January 2017, 23:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
But what if Steam runs out of stock!?!
Be as sarcastic as you like, but never forget that that has actually happened in the past with Prey.

As for this, Squenix are impressively dumb with their chopping up of games for extra income.
SexyHyde 9th January 2017, 23:51 Quote
If you preorder, you deserve to be butthurt!
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