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.
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.
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).