Wait until it's better, apparently.
By Alex Walker on December 20, 2013 at 7:46 am
Value is an odd proposition for gamers. We’re already accustomed to paying for incomplete products at retail, but now it’s become perfectly acceptable, almost expected, for gamers to help chip in when development hasn’t even finished. But the question still remains – is it worth buying into a game that’s in an alpha or beta stage?
The answer, you’d think, is not always. And according to Dean Hall, the New Zealand designer behind the DayZ mod for ArmA 2, the standalone version of DayZ that hit Steam this week isn’t worth it quite yet either. In a post on the DayZ forums, Hall, under his alias “Rocket”, responded to a fairly simple query – “Is it worth buying DayZ standalone yet or should I wait for it to mature so it’s less buggy and more playable?” – with an intriguing reply.
“For the current game? No,” Hall wrote. “For the price? No (it will stay this price for some time) … to see the game? No (you can watch streams) … to participate in development? Possibly. Overall, I would not recommend it. But I think in a few weeks, it might go from “possible” to “yes” on the last one.”
It’s refreshing to see a developer be honest, although the game has booked several million dollars in sales already so it’s a little bit easier from his perspective. Nevertheless, it beats the usual upbeat lines we expect developers to trot out.