Gearbox To Charge PC Players Full Price For Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Upgrade

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:37 AM
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Just before the weekend it transpired that frenetic score-based shooter Bulletstorm was going to be getting the remastered treatment. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is the same game we know and love, this time with touched up visuals, 4K support and a smattering of new content. Over the years we’ve become accustomed to such delights, or patches as they’re commonly known, being made available free of charge. Not so Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, which will be a full price purchase even for current owners of the PC version of People Can Fly’s ultraviolent shooter.

Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of publisher Gearbox Software, said a discounted version was “Not possible - completely different publisher, era, platform (they were Games for Windows only), product/SKU, etc.

“I don't believe I am lying, but I could be mistaken. That said, if you want a discount, pre-ordering now offers that.”

When someone compares the situation to the recent Darksiders: Warmastered Edition which was free to PC owners of the original, Pitchford says “Different case. New owners of Darksiders captured all past/present/future rights. We're just publishing someone else's game.”

As it is then the Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is a full £30 / $50 purchase, regardless of whether you forked out for the original or not. There is a 15% discount if you pre-order, however who really wants to preorder a game they already own?

The good folks over at NeoGAF have put together a list of the remasters which appeared on Steam this year.

  • Skyrim had a free upgrade
  • Don't Starve had a free upgrade
  • BioShock 1/2 had free upgrades (no need for Infinite)
  • Darksiders Warmastered had a free upgrade
  • Titan Quest had a free upgrade
  • Kingdom: New Lands was a free upgrade
  • Ori and the Blind Forest was a 75% off upgrade
  • Carmageddon: Max Damage was a free upgrade
  • Dead Island was an 85% off upgrade
  • Dead Island Riptide was an 85% off upgrade
  • Hard Reset Redux was an 85% off upgrade

The only two games not to offer significant discounts or a free upgrade were Postal Redux, which was 25% off and sold 13,000 copies, and Deadlight: Director’s Cut which was, unbelievably, 133% of the original game, selling just 5,000 copies. Evidently PC players don’t take kindly to paying through the nose for minor graphical touch ups which are more patch fodder than entirely new game.

Pitchford's take on the matter is that the last version of the game was nothing to do with Gearbox, it was published by EA. That shouldn't affect discounts whatsoever as there are legal ramifications for offering a discount for owning a rival product. As an example, McDonalds would be allowed to offer you a free meal as a promotion if you walked in with a Burger King. Or, closer to gaming, Valve could give away copies of Half-Life 2 to anyone who buys Rocket League, of it wishes. EA has already taken the money from Bulletstorm, there's no damage that can be done to it by Gearbox.

I'm not a fan of console players having to pay full price for minor remasters like this, but I get the thinking behind it as you're moving a game to an entirely new platform. On PC however, where the platform is permanent, there really is no excuse to charge players full price for a minor touch up just five years after the original launch. What do you think? Will you be rebuying Bulletstorm? Let us know!

 

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17:47 Dec-07-2016

Well, this one then goes into my "sale wishlist" where it will forever stay until I can pick it up for a couple of quid. Won't pay a full price for an old game.

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01:52 Dec-07-2016

Well that is a greedy mistake lol...

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01:29 Dec-07-2016

You forgot to mention that Hard Reset had a free upgrade.

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16:52 Dec-06-2016

Bulletstorm was awesome! Insane & Aweome!
The only thing is first time around, it didn't sell truckloads of copies. Is charging full price wise???

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16:51 Dec-06-2016

The ironic part to all this will be when the game only sells like 5000 copies, they will be forced to sell it at a massive discounted price a couple of months later. And btw, even console players aren't looking forward to this. Not really sure who they're making it for.

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13:31 Dec-06-2016

It was a "good" game from my opinion with Arcade Reward Style, pure fun ,but not really stand out than other generic FPS that also coming at the year it released. I was hoping for a sequel, then they just coming with "Full Charge Remaster Version". Feel a bit disappointed.

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13:30 Dec-06-2016

I don't think "company produces product and decides to charge for it's use" should be news-worthy.
If companies don't charge for their product, that's a news in my book, but NOT handing out free stuff and NOT taking the risk of a potential loss isn't so much.
They probably spent a good amount of manpower and money on creating it, so I'm fine with them charging for it, even if it isn't an entirely new game.
Don't get me wrong, I love free games as much as the next person. But I'm not opposed to anything that costs money.

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10:55 Dec-07-2016

The main problem here is that it is an old game that is already worth a lot less and they want to charge full new-game-release price. Sure, doesn't have to be free, but at least charge it with a symbolic price, if its just cosmetics change

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13:29 Dec-06-2016

Nice one Gearbox.

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13:04 Dec-06-2016

WHEN it doesn't sell anywhere near what they want, then it will be discounted, then I may buy, until then....I just may reinstall and play the original for the hell of it;-) I got the original for around €3, so why pay more???

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13:33 Dec-06-2016

Hahaha just like what i've been thinking, just use some mods and tweak, IT'S PC MASTER RACE.

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12:32 Dec-06-2016

Why can't we get remakes or remasters of games that people actually asked for rather than games that modders could have reworked themselves for much cheaper?

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12:30 Dec-06-2016

well this is a bad move from developers in my opinion... mostly, gamers are not attracted by graphics or resolution... what attracts us is content, gameplay, mod support and as soon as gameplay is same but with more content it does not mean that game from 2011 should cost same or higher... devs should think about this!

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11:46 Dec-06-2016

I like BulletStorm but it is not a sequel or just a new game title. So no to price I will wait for a SALE! It is just a higher resolution support with more content.

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